The new generation Hyundai Grand i10 Nios was launched last year in India and now its European sibling, the 2020 Hyundai i10 is all set to be made available in the continent. Hyundai has commenced series production of the new i10 for Europe with sales to begin by early February 2020. The popular hatchback is produced at the Hyundai Assan Otomotiv Sanayi (HAOS) plant located in Izmit, Turkey. The plant has been operational since 1997 as the company's oldest-running overseas facility and has a production capacity of 230,000 nits per annum.
The new generation Hyundai i10 for Europe is identical to the India-spec model but gets a host of changes. This includes a more smartly styled front grille with circular LED daytime running lights in place of the boomerang-shaped ones on the Indian model. The fog lamp housing is different as well and the overall design looks sharper for a sporty look. Other changes include 15-inch alloys with optional 16-inch units; dual-tone paint scheme with a contrast roof and a new tail lamp design that looks sharp.
The Euro-spec 2020 Hyundai i10 also gets smaller proportions and is about 135 mm smaller, 160 mm shorter with a 25 mm shorter wheelbase. The cabin is loaded with features including the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, and BlueLink technology for connected tech. The European version also gets collision avoidance assist, high beam assist, lane-keeping assist, driver attention warning and speed limit warning as standard.
The new i10 will be sold in over 45 markets across Europe with the Turkey plant catering to the demand. The Hyundai Assan plant employs around 2500 personnel and will also be producing the third generation i20 that is expected to be revealed at the upcoming Auto Expo 2020 in New Delhi. The new i20 will go on sale in India first, followed by other markets later in the year.