Mike Stevens | Sep 14, 2010

Like Volkswagen and Mazda, Hyundai is quickly rolling out a uniform family face for all of its models, new and not-so-new, and the latest cab off the rank is the diminutive i10 supermini.

For 2011, the i10 gets a 'Fluidic Sculpture' facelift, bringing it in line with the brand's new ix35 compact SUV and i45 sedan - including new headlights and the wide-open trapezoidal grille that figures so strongly in Hyundai's new styling language.

The updated i10 - Hyundai's entry-level model - will also feature an ultra-efficient 1.0 litre version of the dimunitive hatch's existing four-cylinder 'Kappa' petrol, listing emissions as low as 99g/km - on par with last year's i10 Blue.

Hyundai has revealed little of the update i10's technical details at this stage, although it has been reported that all engines in the 2011 i10 range will be compliant with Europe's upcoming Euro V emissions regulations, and the existing 1.2 litre Kappa engine will be tweaked to offer improved fuel economy and lower emissions.

Speaking with TMR at the July launch of the i20 hatch, Hyundai Australia CEO Edward Lee said that while there are no solid plans, the i10 has been on the company's radar for some time.

“If it is necessary and demand is there, we will bring it here,” Mr Lee said.

Click to read TMR's review of the Hyundai i20

In Australia, the i10 would compete with the likes of the Suzuki Alto, its small engines - particularly the new 1.0 litre version - making it a perfect contender for the Alto, which lists fuel consumption figures of 4.7 l/100km (manual) and CO2 emissions of 110g/km.

While there are no fuel consumption figures available for the reported 1.0 litre engine of the updated i10, the current 1.2 litre version uses 5.0 l/100km on the European combined cycle.

With i20 pricing set to remain static after the Getz is withdrawn (expected to occur around the end of the first quarter of 2011), the door is left open for the i10 to take over from the Getz in the bargain-basement sub-light market.

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