Hyundai is currently working on a compact SUV for developing markets including India. This sub 4-metre SUV will be based on the Carlino concept which Hyundai showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. We can expect it to arrive in mid-2019, though markets like the US will get it earlier.
The sub 4-metre SUV has been spotted undergoing testing of late. This seems to be a near-production version of the car, which carries forward a boxy shape. It also has a rectangular grille, twin-vertically stacked headlamps and LED DRL’s at the front.
This compact SUV is said to have been built on a new lighter platform, which will reduce the weight of the car and also offer good performance with better driving dynamics. It could carry features like automatic climate control, push start button, rear AC vents, a touchscreen infotainment system and a multi-functional steering wheel. On the safety front, it will come equipped with multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, hill start assist and so on.
Engine-wise, this compact SUV will be available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol engine will be a 1.0 litre, three-cylinder, turbocharged unit giving 118 bhp of power and 171 Nm of torque. On the other hand, there will be a 1.4 litre CRDi diesel engine producing 89 bhp of power and 220 Nm of torque.
Prices are expected to start from Rs. 7 lakh and go all the way to Rs. 14 lakh. It will rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford Ecosport and the Tata Nexon. This compact SUV is a part of Hyundai’s plans of launching as many as 6 models by 2020.
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