Hyundai sprung a surprise at the 2016 Auto Expo when they unveiled the Carlino concept, a sub-4-meter SUV. The Carlino, codenamed QXi, is expected to be launched next year in India with Hyundai looking to take another shot at the immensely popular compact SUV segment.
The Carlino (QXi) is expected to arrive on Indian shores by the festive period of 2019 The Korean carmaker is hard at work ensuring that the SUV is ready to meet customer expectations when it finally arrives at showrooms. Now the paparazzi of the car world have spied the upcoming Carlino SUV in the flesh as Hyundai’s drivers and engineers put it through its paces before it goes into production.
While the test mule is heavily camouflaged to hide its design, certain elements of the design, including the grille and the overall silhouette of the SUV, can be seen peeking out from under the cladding, both of which look quite similar to the concept car seen two years ago on the show floor of Auto Expo 2016.
The production version of the Carlino is expected to pack a host of features including projector headlamps, LED DRLs and snazzy alloys to help it compete with the current crop of compact sub-4-meter SUVs. The interiors are also expected to be packed with tech features that include climate control and a touchscreen system with the latest connectivity features on board.
The new Carlino SUV from Hyundai is expected to use the i20’s 1.2-litre petrol engine, though Hyundai could bring its potent 1.0-litre turbocharged T-GDI petrol ,engine that cranks out 118 bhp to rival the EcoBoost-powered Ford EcoSport S. The diesel option under the bonnet is expected to be a 1.4-litre engine.
The new Carlino SUV will slot underneath the Creta in Hyundai’s lineup in India and will be the most affordable SUV on offer from the Korean carmaker. The Carlino is expected to arrive in India by Diwali 2019 and prices are expected to start at around Rs. 7 lakh ex-showroom.
The Carlino will be entering an extremely packed and competitive segment in the Indian car market and will take on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport along with Mahindra’s upcoming small SUV and Jeep’s Renegade-based compact SUV.
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