In recent times, Hyundai has worked to dominate the Utility Vehicle segment in India and around the world. The South Korean manufacturer is working on its smallest utility vehicle, which will be marketed as a micro SUV in the market. The upcoming vehicle which gets the AX1 as an internal name will go on sale in the South Korean market and then will be launched in India too. The production name of the AX1 will be Casper.
Hyundai is yet to officially announce the production name of the upcoming micro SUV. However, there are multiple reports that suggest the name, Casper. Hyundai has already registered the name in its home country. However, we cannot be sure if the same name will be carried to the Indian market.
The brand is known for using different names depending on the market. So when the AX1 arrives in India, we may get to know the car by a different name. The all-new vehicle will go on sale in the South Korean market by September of this year. The next countries to get the car will include the Indian market too.
The all-new Hyundai Casper will be the smallest SUV from the manufacturer. It will be positioned below the Hyundai Venue, which is a sub-4m car. The platform is the K1 compact car platform that also underpins the likes of Santo and the Grand i10 NIOS in the Indian market.
Hyundai has not revealed any details of the Casper. However, as per reports, the car will be about 3,595mm long, 1,595mm wide and 1,575mm tall. The unconfirmed dimensions suggest that the all-new Hyundai Casper will be smaller than the brand’s entry-level car – the Hyundai Santro.
Hyundai plans to target the youngsters and youths with the new car. It will get a slew of youthful and modern design elements that will set it apart from the other cars in the segment. Hyundai is testing the all-new AX1 under heavy camouflage so the design elements are not still out yet. However, render that ed images based on the spy pictures show that the all-new Casper will get split headlamps and quirky looking tail lamps too. The tail lamps will be circular with some interior design on them.
The powertrain options are likely to include the same 1.2-litre, four-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine that also powers the Grand i10 NIOS. However, Hyundai may retune the engine for the Casper. There is also the choice of the 1.1-litre, three-cylinder engine that is available with the Santro. The higher-powered variants may get the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
The all-new Hyundai Casper will take on the likes of the upcoming Tata HBX micro-SUV. Also, it will take on the existing cars like the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the Mahindra KUV100.