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Hyundai AX1 Micro SUV spied again ahead of launch: Maruti S-Presso challenger

Hyundai is working on a new micro SUV which is currently being tested on the international roads. The new micro-SUV will be going against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Mahindra KUV100 and the upcoming Tata HBX. The AX1 looks like a hatchback that has been given SUV styling. Here, we have some new spy shots of the SUV that reveals the light design of the new micro SUV.

The front of the AX1 has a split headlamp design just like we have seen on the Hyundai Venue. The turn indicator is placed in a horizontal strip while the main headlamp unit is a circle around which a bright LED Daytime Running Lamp is positioned. From the previous spy shots, it seems like the main headlamp unit will be using a halogen setup.

Between both the headlamps is another version of Hyundai’s cascading grille. The grille has triangular elements that look like are finished in satin chrome. There is a small faux skid plate positioned below the slim air dam. The manufacturer is not offering any fog lamps because the headlamps low beam should be able to do the duty as fog lamps. The bonnet stays relatively flattish and we can see the turn indicator and the LED Daytime Running Lamp glowing in the spy shot.

The side profile of the AX1 might remind you of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis. From previous spy shots, we know it will have pronounced wheel arches, turn indicators mounted on the outside rearview mirrors and the rear door handle mounted on the C-pillar just like on the upcoming Tata HBX. There are some newly designed 6-spoke alloy wheels that are finished in a very dark shade of grey and there are roof rails also. On the lower variants, the turn indicators would be mounted on the front fender, the hatchback will use steel wheels and there would be no roof rails also.

At the rear, we can see the brake light has the same triangular element that we see in the front grille. The turn indicators and the reversing light are mounted in the lower half of the bumper in huge circles. There is also a rear wiper with a washer and a high mounted stop lamp. You get a shark-fin antenna on the higher variants while the lower ones will get a regular antenna.

Hyundai AX1 is expected to come with a 1.2-litre and a 1.1-litre petrol engine. The 1.1-litre, three-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine is currently doing duty on the Santro. The engine produces 69 PS of max power and 99 Nm of peak torque. We have seen the 1.2-litre, naturally aspirated petrol engine on various Hyundai models such as Venue, Grand i10 Nios, Aura and i20. The engine produces 83 PS of max power and 114 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines are expected to be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT gearbox.

Just like any other Hyundai, the AX1 will offer lots of features. It will come with a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, cooled glovebox, automatic climate control, electric adjustment for outside rearview mirrors, rear parking camera, push-button to start/stop and much more.

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