Snapshot: After three big ticket launches over the past six months in the form of the Grand i10 hatchback, the Santa Fe SUV and the Xcent compact sedan, South Korean car maker Hyundai has more lined up for the Indian market. The next 18 months promises to be an exciting time for the Indian car buyer and Hyundai alike, what with the automaker lining up no less than 4 new products. CarToq details Hyundai 4 upcoming cars for the Indian market.
All-new 2015 Hyundai i20
Hyundai India has been extensively testing the next-generation 2015 i20 B+ segment hatchback across the length and breadth of Indian roads. The second generation Hyundai i20 will continue to follow the Fluidic design philosophy while the platform will be an all new item. Important improvements on the 2015 Hyundai i20 are likely to be focused on the ride and handling departments.
Hyundais have traditionally been poor handlers with floaty rides. The rallying effort around the new i20 is likely to benefit the production version of the next-gen model as well. In terms of size, the new i20 will get bigger while the petrol and turbo diesel engine line up is likely to be retained. Currently a leader in terms of features and creature comforts, the next-gen i20 could carry forward this legacy.
2015 Hyundai iX25 Compact SUV
Like the next-gen i20, test mules of the 2015 Hyundai iX25 compact SUV have been spotted on Indian roads. The iX25will be Hyundai’s first foray into the compact SUV space. The actual unveiling of this car will happen at the Beijing Motor Show next month. Given the iX25’s platform sharing with the 2015 i20, the crossover is likely to share engines and transmission too. The top end variants of the iX25 are tipped to get independent suspension on all four wheels and an all wheel drive system. Click here to read more.
2015 Hyundai Sonata Facelift
The Sonata luxury has been facelifted and the car will be showcased at next month’s New York Motor Show. Given that the 2015 Sonata is a facelift, the car retains the outgoing model’s platform while adopting a design that looks more European than Korean. Under the hood, a 1.6 liter turbo charged petrol motor is tipped to replace the 2.4 liter GDI naturally aspirated petrol motor. A diesel engine isn’t in the scheme of things though. The updated 2015 Sonata will arrive here next year. The car’s South Korean launch will happen on the 24th of this month.
2016 Hyundai Compact MPV
Hyundai has seen the MPV segment in India exploding. While the Toyota Innova and the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga are doing good volumes, future entrants into this segment will include the Honda Mobilio, Datsun Go+ and the Renault Lodgy, in that order. Given the pace at which this segment is expand, it is high time that the country’s second largest car maker chips in with its own offering. The Hyundai Compact MPV is said to be under development on the same platform as the iX20. Other details of this MPV remain obscure for the moment.