Hyundai has a bunch of interesting products lined up for the Indian market. With the Creta taking care of the compact SUV market, the Elite i20 handling everything the premium hatchback market throws at it, and the Grand i10/Xcent managing good sales in the B2 segment, it’s still got some voids to fill in the market. We take a brief look at what the new products are.
Expected price: Rs 20 lakh
Expected launch: Mid 2016
The company is all set to bring back the Tucson brand name with an all new product, to be positioned above the Creta but below the Santa Fe. The five-seat SUV is likely to be launched with a 2-liter diesel engine only. The unit makes 182 hp and 400 Nm, and comes with an AWD system, although the latter’s availability in India is questionable. It’s a step up from the Creta’s styling, looks more premium, and is expected to be feature-laden.
Expected price: Rs 15 lakh
Expected launch: Mid 2016
Absent from the 2016 Auto Expo (in February), the all new Hyundai Elantra is expected to be launched in India this year. The D-segment hasn’t been Hyundai’s strong point but with the sleek looks of the new car (appreciated globally), the company can do its bit to regain lost ground. Engine options are likely to include a 1.6-liter diesel and a larger 2-liter petrol (from the current 1.8) while Hyundai’s new dual-clutch automatic transmission is to be added as well.
Hyundai Grand i10 AMT
Expected price: Rs 5-6 lakh
Expected launch: September 2016
Hyundai is all set to jump on to the AMT bandwagon. The South Korean automaker has enlisted German transmission giant ZF Sachs to supply AMT kits, which will first be used on the Grand i10 hatchback. It’s unclear as to which variant of the Grand i10 will get an AMT option. Adding this option on the diesel powered variant makes the most sense given that the petrol version already comes with a 4 speed torque converter automatic option. The Grand i10 AMT is tipped to make a debut in September 2016.
Expected price: Rs 8 lakh
Expected launch: Early 2017
Expected to be launched early next year, the new Verna will eventually replace the current model. The upcoming version is being showcased at the ongoing Beijing Motor Show. It looks more aggressive than the current Verna 4S, thanks largely to a wide grille up front, flanked by a pair of sleeker yet more imposing headlamps. The side profile remains unchanged while the rear gets new wraparound taillamps. Its coupe-like profile is further accentuated with the roofline that flows into the boot, the presence of an integrated spoiler in the latter’s design, and a thick C-pillar. The range of engines, a well-spread sales and service network, and (expected) long list of features will back the upcoming midsize sedan.
Expected price: sub Rs 7 lakh
Expected launch: 2018
One segment where Hyundai doesn’t exist is that of the sub-compact SUVs. A sub-Creta SUV was showcased in the concept form at the 2016 Auto Expo. Called Carlino, sixty per cent of its development will be done in India, reported Autocar. Engine options can include the 1-liter GDI engine and a small diesel unit, but it’s too soon to say.