If you remembered on last August, there is a launching ceremony of the “New Best Fuel Efficiency Car“, the Hyundai I10 at the Curve,Mutiara Damansara. The car was powered by a 1.1 liter engine and set top compete with local models such as the Perodua Viva, Myvi and Proton Savvy.
The same Hyundai I10 will be powered by a 3 cylinder, 800 cc turbocharged engine next year.The new engine will produce a maximum power of 90HP and will emit less than 100g/KM of carbon dioxide.
A similar powerplant was put on display by Hyundai with the Hyundai i10 Blue CNG concept that premiered at the 2008 Geneva motor show. But that engine was powered by compressed natural gas, emitting only 65 g/km while still having 97 bhp output. Hyundai have probably decided that this i10 i-Blue, as it is likely to be called, would fare better in the market as a straight-up petrol/gasoline powered vehicle.
The South Korean manufacturer also plans to debut a minor facelift of the i10 next year, so media reports are indicating that the so-called i-Blue might be released at the same time with the upgrade. Built in India, the 800cc i10 will become the most expensive version of the whole range, but will be kept in almost the same price range as the other variants.
The i10 will be first to benefit from the turbocharged three-pot motor, but expect to see it put to good use in both Hyundai’s and sister company Kia ’s future models.