Hyundai is working on a new small SUV-hatchback for the Indian market. The AX1 will sit under the Venue. It will be competing against the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Mahindra KUV100, upcoming Citroen CC21 and the upcoming Tata HBX. It basically is a hatchback with increased ride height and design inspired by SUVs. We have seen this type of design language being successful in our countries with vehicles like the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso. The HBX Concept that was shown by Tata Motors at Auto Expo 2020 was also very well received by the public.
Now, there are new spy shots that have been surfaced on the internet which gives us a glimpse of how the new vehicle might end up looking like. The new SUV is expected to get launched by the end of this year. The AX1 will be based on Hyundai’s K1 platform and as the pictures suggest, it will boast a boxy and rugged design language. The body panels of the hatchback have an upright design inspired by boxy SUVs.
At the front, there are split headlamps. From the spy shots, we can see that they are halogen units which will help Hyundai in saving some costs. The Tata HBX and the Mahindra KUV100 also uses halogen units for their headlamps. There should also be an LED strip above to complete the split headlamp look. We have already seen the same design language on the Venue which also uses a split headlamp design. There is also a diamond grille that takes the centre stage of the bumper. The variant that we see in the spy shots is a higher-end one because we have seen that the lower variants come with a blacked-out grille. The bonnet is also very flat just like we have seen on bigger SUVs.
At the side, we can see 6-spoke alloy wheels while the lower variants will get steel rims that we have seen in other spy shots. The side profile of the AX1 does resemble a bit of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis. We can see that the rear door handle is placed on the C-pillar instead of being on the rear door. This gives the vehicle a three-door look which looks quite good. We have seen this design being successful on the Tata Altroz, Maruti Suzuki Swift and the upcoming Tata HBX or Hornbill as it might get called. The higher variants of the AX1 will come with roof rails while the lower variants will miss out on them. The turn indicators will also be placed on the outside rearview mirrors for the higher variants.
At the rear, there will be LED tail lamps with a diamond pattern in them. The reverse light is expected to be placed in the bumper. There will be a shark-fin antenna, rear wiper with washer and a high-mounted stop lamp on offer.
Powering the Hyundai AX1 should be two engines. There should be a 1.1-litre petrol engine that we have seen on the Santro. It produces 69 PS of max power and 99 Nm of peak torque. There should also be a more powerful 1.2-litre petrol engine that is doing duty on the Grand i10 Nios, Aura, Venue and the i20. The 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 as standard. As of now, we do not know which engine will be offered with the 5-speed AMT.