The locally assembled Hyundai Grand i10 was revealed by Abans Motors at a launch ceremony held at the Colombo City Center recently. The event was attended by President Ranil Wickremasinghe, the South Korean Ambassador and many other dignitaries.
The Hyundai Grand i10 assembled in Sri Lanka is specced similar to that of Mexico, Middle East and South African Spec; say the people at Abans. Speaking exclusively to Motor; a spokesman from Abans said that there are considerable differences between the Indian domestic spec and the locally produced i10. Among the differences are a more powerful and refined electronic power steering unit, improved NVH features (more ride sound deafening components and padding, improved front/rear suspension bushing, improved engine mounts etc.), enhanced interior trim material and electronics and the 4 speed torque converter type Automatic transmission.
The Grand i10 is reportedly built on a 11 – 12 stage assembly line; with increased local activity in the subassemblies department. The car comprises of parts shipped from India (mostly the larger components such as the bare body shell, doors, glasses etc., whilst the smaller more sensitive elements are shipped from South Korea (transmission, electronics, ECUs, AirBags, Interior trim elements, infotainment etc.). “This is done to keep the volatile shipping costs down” says the spokesman. Our observation of the cars revealed at the launch was that the build quality is second to none, and the visible local content (such as the interior trim) are of very high standard.
Motor hopes to test drive the Grand i10 and reveal all, as soon as a test car is available!