2 HOT Hyundais coming your way this year

After 2 successive blockbusters, the Elite i20 and the Creta, Hyundai has been cooling off for a few months. But with just 5 months to go before 2016 turns into 2017, the cooling off won’t be for long th0ugh. Hyundai has two major launches lined up for the Indian car market. One’s a XUV500 rivaling SUV and the other is a luxurious sedan that’ll aim to unseat the Corolla.


2 HOT Hyundais coming your way this year

Just over a decade after it launched the Tucson soft roader here, Hyundai is all set to reintroduce the latest version of this SUV. The all-new Tucson, which follows the South Korean automaker’s Fluidic design philosophy, will be assembled here through the CKD route, with localization touching 50 %.

In other words, expect very competitive pricing. The top-end variants of the Mahindra XUV500 will be a target and so will the likes of the Skoda Yeti and Honda CR-V. The 5 seat SUV will feature a 2 liter turbo diesel motor with about 180 Bhp- Nm on tap.

6 speed manual and automatic transmissions will be offered. An all wheel drive system could also be offered as an option. While the Tucson is available with a petrol variant internationally, it remains to be seen if Hyundai offers such an option in the Indian market given that most luxury SUVs sold here are diesel powered ones.


2 HOT Hyundais coming your way this year

An all-new Elantra will make it to Indian shores by the end of the this year, and the car will replace the current model. To be positioned in the D-Segment sedan space, the Elantra will take on the likes of the Toyota Corolla Altis and the Chevrolet Cruze.

The 1.6 liter turbo diesel engine will be a carryover from the current version while a new, 2 liter petrol motor is likely. Manual and twin clutch automatic gearboxes could be a part of the transmission mix in the new car, which is 20 mm longer and 25 mm wider than the outgoing model.

Interiors will be all-new and so will be the infotainment system: a 7 inch touchscreen unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The new Elantra will be built at Hyundai’s Sriperumbudur factory. Expect prices so start at 15 lakh rupees.