The 2014 Auto Expo was a huge success and had many manufacturers flocking to it to exhibit their cars/motorcycles. Hyundai was one of these manufacturers and had quite a few displays at the auto expo this year, and will have many new launches this year as well. At the 2013 auto expo, Hyundai had made known their plans for the Indian market, which included a new hatchback and a compact SUV as well. The Hatchback promise was ticked off with the launch of the Grand i10, and the SUV promise is yet to be fulfilled. The plan for the SUV was announced by Hyundai in the wake of the success of the Renault duster, which literally kick-started the compact SUV trend in India and is intended to compete with the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and Ford EcoSport.
There were many renderings on the internet, speculating as to how the new compact SUV from Hyundai will look, but now it has been spotted in flesh, while undergoing camouflaged testing in china. The first impression of the SUV is that, it definitely carries the design language from its elder sibling, the Santa Fe. Even though it was completely camouflaged, a keen eye can spot out the little details. The Hood had sharp lines with some fine detailing on top and on the sides as well, but for the headlamps, it looks like they have moved a little away from the deign language used on the Santa Fe. The side profile though, looks exactly like a shrunk up Santa Fe. An eye for detail would notice the matte black plastic cladding running along the entire side profile, even on the wheel arches and one can’t help but notice the good-looking alloy wheels, which are Five-twin spoked units with matte black on the rims and edges of the spokes. The side profile also reveals blackened A and B pillars.
We also have spy-shots of the interiors, but unfortunately, since the Dash was fully covered, the Spy-shots don’t reveal much. All we can see is that, the driver gets control of all four power-windows via the switches mounted on the door panel, four seats get adjustable headrests and the rear passengers get an air-conditioning blower which looks like the one on the Grand i10. The legroom at the rear too looked pretty decent for a car that size. Nothing could be revealed about the trunk space though, because of the heavy camouflage.
With the new compact SUV from Hyundai one can choose between a 1.4 liter Turbo-diesel and a 1.2 liter Kappa Petrol engine. As is the trend today and expected future of tomorrow, Hyundai may also consider turbo-charging their 1.2 liter kappa engine to squeeze the maximum KMPL as well as KMPH out of it.
Whatever they choose to do, we very well know that Hyundai has understood the tastes of the Indian customer and we know that this upcoming SUV too will be a huge success for Hyundai in India. the SUV in question was supposed to be revealed at the recent Auto Expo, but has now been delayed and we still do not have confirmation on the exact time of the reveal.