After the success of the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, Hyundai is also working on their micro-SUV code-named AX1. Recently, some new spy shots of the AX1 have surfaced the internet. This is not the first time that the new small SUV has been spotted. However, the new spy shots are much closer and do reveal new details about the Hyundai micro-SUV. Some websites have even already rendered how the new car might look like. The AX1 will be the most affordable SUV inspired vehicle in the Hyundai’s line-up that will sit below the Hyundai Venue.
This time we do have some closeups of the new vehicle. The SUV is currently being tested on the International roads. The AX1 boasts squarish elements throughout the bodywork. The grille seems to be huge when compared to the overall size of the front of the car. It gets split headlamp design just like we have seen on the Venue. The turn indicator strip sits above and the headlamp sits in the lower half of the bumper.
In the spy shots, we can see that Hyundai is using a halogen bulb for the headlamp. We assume that on the higher variants the turn indicator strip might also double as an LED Daytime Running Lamps. If not, then the LED Daytime Running Lamp should be available as an official accessory just like Maruti Suzuki offers with the S-Presso.
The vehicle gets a flat bonnet, an upright grille and a steep windshield. From the side profile, we can clearly see the tall boy design of the AX1. It is still not clear if Hyundai is using a stylized wheel cover or alloy wheels. Considering the price point, the manufacturer should use a stylized wheel cover. We can see the squarish windows. The side profile of the micro-SUV does resemble the Maruti Suzuki Ignis which is also marketed as an ‘Urban SUV’. The front door handle is placed at its conventional place, but the rear door handle has been placed between the C-pillar and the rear window. This gives a two-door effect to the car. Manufacturers like Tata and Maruti Suzuki are already using this design for their Altroz premium hatchback and the Swift hatchback.
We can also see that Hyundai is not offering a shark-fin antenna with the AX1. From the rear, we can see tail lamps that are covered and high mounted stop light. While the interior is not yet revealed, we expect it to offer a dual-tone cabin, a good audio system, a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on higher variants, automatic climate control, all four power windows, rear defogger and much more.
Hyundai AX1 is expected to get a 1.1-litre engine that will be derived from the Santro. It will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT. The engine is capable of producing 69 PS of max power and 99 Nm of peak torque. Hyundai might also offer the 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine with the higher variants. We have seen the engine on the Hyundai Grand i10, Aura, i20 and the Venue. The engine produces 83 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 113 Nm. It will also be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or an AMT. Once launched, the Hyundai AX1 will be rivalling the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso and the production version of the Tata HBX.