The unparalleled success Hyundai tasted with the Creta has pushed the company to focus more on the SUV segment in India. The company currently has as many as seven SUVs in the works for India, and plans to roll them out one by one within the next two years. The new portfolio will consist of many models, ranging from a sub-4 metre Brezza-rivaling SUV to a full-fledged, 7-seat option. Lets have a look at what the company has planned for in the coming years.
The Carlino concept was first showcased during the 2016 Auto Expo and the car has been spotted recently. Hyundai has been readying a sub four metre SUV based on the concept since a long time now. The exterior design is likely to be on the lines of the Creta.
The all-new SUV will be launched with an all-new turbocharged petrol engine. It will take on vehicles, such as the Tata Nexon, Maruti Brezza and Ford EcoSport. Expect the pricing to be in the Rs. 7 lakh to Rs. 10 lakh range, putting it bang in Brezza territory.
Hyundai is also working on a bigger Creta that will take on the likes of XUV500 and Tata Hexa. The next generation Creta will utilize the Kia platform that will also underpin the upcoming SP model. The seven seater could be more feature rich than the current 5 seater version. Even though the all-new Creta has been caught testing already with heavy camouflage, there are no clear pictures of the SUV available.
Amid new government policies to promote electric vehicles in India, Hyundai plans to launch their first-ever electric vehicle in the country. It has been confirmed by the company that it will be the Kona Electric Vehicle. The stylish electric SUV has been available in international markets for some time. It is also available in a hybrid powertrain too. However, the Indian market will only get the electric version of the car and it will be assembled in India to keep the costs low. Hyundai is expected to launch the Kona with the 64 kWh battery that can go up to 480 km on a single charge. Pretty impressive.
Nexo Fuel Cell Vehicle
The futuristic-looking Hyundai Nexo fuel cell SUV was first shown at the Consumer Electronics Show held in January. The SUV is already on sale in the Korean market and Hyundai has confirmed that it will be coming to India. However, there is no official timeline given as of yet. For power, the Hyundai Nexo makes use of a 95 kW fuel cell pushing out a maximum power output of 161 Bhp and a peak torque of 395 Nm. This fuel cell unit is relatively lighter than the standard electric motor.
The new Tucson has got a makeover and will now feature a sharper design language than the current generation model. It will also be more spacious and will feature a seven-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system. The new Hyundai Tucson comes with a newly introduced 1.6-litre diesel unit in two versions. The first version of this engine is mated with a 6-speed manual gearbox and it generates 115 Bhp of power which is delivered to the front two wheels. The second version of this engine comes with an optional 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual clutch transmission which generates 133 Bhp of power and this version gets AWD as an option. However the company might bring in different engine options in India.
The seven seater version of the company’s flagship vehicle Tucson in India will be identical to its five seater counterpart. It is likely to get the same engines as offered in the 5 seat version. This car will be spacious and more comfy than the regular one and will be aimed at a higher segment. As it will be a flagship vehicle, expect it to come with all the bells and whistles expected from such a car.
The current generation Creta has become a rather old model now. It sure got a midlife facelift, but as the company is launching new versions of most models, the Creta also will be revamped. The new car will be more sharper and could take some styling cues from the striking upcoming Hyundai Elantra. The car is currently the jack of spades for the company and Hyundai for sure would further cash in on the current generation model’s success.