Hyundai is working on a new micro-SUV which has been codenamed AX1. It is basically a jacked-up hatchback that has been given design elements from a SUV. The AX1 has been spotted quite a few times on the international roads. Different variants of the AX1 has also been spotted. Now, there are some new spy shots of the vehicle that reveals more details about it.
In the first spy shot, we can see that the rear design of the AX1 is very unique. The LED tail lamps are placed in their conventional position but the turn indicators seem to be a circular unit that is placed in the bumper. Another thing that we have spotted for the first time is twin exhaust pipes. This arises the question that the AX1 might be launched with two engine options and in the spy shot, it is the more powerful variant.
Then we move to the side profile where we see 6-spoke alloy wheels that do look quite good on the AX1 as they do provide a very good stance. We can see some prominent wheel arches on the AX1. There are roof rails, shark-fin antenna and turn indicators on the outside rearview mirror. The rear door handles are mounted on the C-pillar just like on the Tata Altroz and Maruti Suzuki Swift. This gives a three-door effect to the AX1. The length of the AX1 is expected to be 3,600 mm to 3,800 mm long. It will be using the K1 platform which we have already seen on the Santro.
At the front, there is a silver grille with diamond patterns and a flat bonnet just like a SUV. It will also be using a split-headlamp setup just like Hyundai Venue. There will be a LED Daytime Running Lamp on the higher variants a projector headlamps below. There is a possibility that the lower variants only get a turn indicator in place of the LED Daytime Running Lamp and the projector headlamp will not be offered on lower variants. The AX1 will only be using halogen bulbs for the headlamps, there will be no LEDs on offer. The lower variants will also miss out on silver grille, shark-fin antenna, roof rails, turn indicators on outside rearview mirrors and alloy wheels.
The cabin will also get squarish elements. There will be a floating touchscreen infotainment system that will support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There is also a possibility that Hyundai offers cruise control on the top-end variant. Other features will include automatic climate control, multi-function steering wheel, all power windows, ISOFIX child seat mounts, multi-information display etc.
Powering the AX1 could be two petrol engine options. There will be a 1.1-litre engine and a 1.2-litre engine. The 1.1-litre engine produces 69 PS of max power and 99 Nm of peak torque. The 1.2-litre engine produces 83 PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines will be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT. The AX1 is expected to launch sometime this year. It will be going against Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Mahindra KUV100, upcoming Citroen CC21 and upcoming Tata Hornbill.