South Korean carmaker Hyundai will launch its Maruti Brezza sub-4-metre SUV rival in India in March 2019. Codenamed the QXi, the SUV was first revealed as the Carlino concept at the Auto Expo 2016. The new QXi SUV will feature many design cues from Hyundai’s signature Fluidic Design 2.0 philosophy as seen in Autocar India‘s rendering
The QXi has been spotted numerous times testing both in India and in international markets. Though the camera-avoiding camouflage worn by the test cars have helped Hyundai not to reveal too many details, they have revealed certain styling elements of the Maruti Brezza rival.
Autocar’s render imagines what the final production-spec Carlino QXi will look like when it arrives to rival the Maruti Brezza in 2019. The front end features Hyundai’s signature Cascade grille, a design feature seen on all of its new cars. Other features include what Hyundai calls Composite Light which refers to the split headlight design with headlights on either side of the grille and with the LED daytime running lights sitting just above them in a separate section of their own. This composite light setup ensures that the upcoming Carlino sports a front end similar to the likes of the all-new Santa Fe and the Kona, the latter of which is also expected to arrive in India in 2019.
On the sides of the Carlino/QXi, the Autocar render shows the SUV sporting a large glasshouse for the passengers inside. The window line features a rather familiar upward kink found on other Hyundai models. The SUV also sports chunky and rounded wheel arches which give it the look of a proper off-roader. The rear end, which is not seen in this render, is expected to look similar to the one found on the Creta.
The QXi from Hyundai is also expected to follow the Creta in terms of its cabin and features. The interiors are expected to feature premium elements and a good amount of legroom for passengers at the back. A host of features are expected to be featured inside the QXi including a large touchscreen infotainment setup.
Under the bonnet of the all-new QXi will be a range of BS-VI complaint engine options. An all-new 1.0-litre turbocharged engine with around 116.3 Bhp and 171 Nm of torque is expected to make its debut in India with the Carlino-based SUV. Also expected to arrive in India is a new 1.5-litre diesel motor with 113.4 Bhp and 250 Nm of torque on tap. The QXi could also feature Hyundai’s current 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine under its hood as well.
The Hyundai Carlino/QXi will be the smallest SUV offering from Hyundai in India and will go up against the likes of the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, and Tata Nexon among others in the sub-4-metre compact SUV segment.