We informed you earlier that Hyundai India could launch one new subcompact SUV to compete with Tata Punch. A new media report claims that Hyundai is in the final stages of preparing this all-new entry-level SUV for the Indian market. To be positioned below the arena, the new subcompact SUV is expected to launch in mid-2023 around the Christmas holiday.
Internally called Project Hyundai Ai3 CUV (Compact Utility Vehicle), the new entry SUV will be based on the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios platform. For people who don’t know, Hyundai had launched the new Casper micro SUV in South Korea last year. This small SUV is also designed and developed on the Grand i10 platform. Using existing structure will help Hyundai achieve competitive pricing for the new micro SUV.
The new Hyundai Casper-based small SUV will compete with the likes of Tata Punch, Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite. The new model will be slightly larger than Casper. Hyundai is likely to change the lineup of variants for the Grand i10 Nios and Venue compact SUV to accommodate the new sub-4 meter SUV
The report claims that Hyundai plans to produce 50,000 units of this model annually. In fact, Hyundai Motor India also invested close to Rs 1,470 crore to increase its production capacity from 7.7 lakh to 8.5 lakh units in the last financial year. It is expected that the new Hyundai SUV will share interior and features with the Grand i10 Nios and the Venue compact SUV. It is likely to come with a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, semi-digital instrument console, multi-function steering wheel, automatic AC and many more.
The new Hyundai suSUV is likely to be powered by a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine that powers the Grand i10 Nios, Venue, Aura and i20. This engine is capable of producing 82 hp and 114 Nm of torque. Transmission choices are likely to include a 5-speed manual and an AMT. The subcompact SUV may also get a CNG option.
Source – AutoCarIndia