Hyundai is a very popular brand in Indian market. The South Korean carmaker has variety of products in their Indian line up. Hyundai is now working on launching a new micro-SUV in the market. Hyundai has been testing the Casper micro SUV (code name AX1) for a very long time and recently the studio images of the car were released online. Hyundai Casper will compete with cars like S-Presso, Maruti Ignis, Mahindra KUV100 and upcoming Tata Punch in the segment. Soon after the studio images were released, live images of Casper are now out as well.
The images have been shared by Autospy.net on their website. The images show two versions of the Hyundai Casper. One of them is the regular while the other is a turbo variant. The car is spotted in South Korea and as far as Indian launch is considered, Hyundai has not confirmed any dates. Hyundai is expected to launch Casper in the market by the end of this year or early 2022.
In terms of design, Casper has a very unique looking front. There is thick gloss black strip running from one end of the bonnet to the other. Turn indicators are placed inside these black strip. Hyundai logo is positioned in the center of the strip. In order to give it an SUV like look, Hyundai has given the front bumper a dual tone finish. The front grille is quite small but, the dual tone treatment gives it an SUV look. The circular headlamps are neatly integrated with front end design.
Both Turbo and regular versions come with projector type headlamps with ring type LED DRLs in it. In one of the version, there are a pair of additional circular units on the front grille. In the other variant, the grille covers the space between the headlamps with triangular patterns in it. There is a faux silver coloured skid plate at the front as well.
In the studio images that were released recently, the side profile of the car is designed in a way that it reminds us of Maruti Ignis. The bonnet and the side body has enough character lines to give it a muscular look. There are roof rails and the higher variants will also offer an electric sunroof. We are not sure whether the Indian version will also be getting alloy wheels with same pattern as the international versions.
Moving to the rear of the Hyundai Casper, it comes with a unique looking tail light design. The triangular design that is seen on the front grille is carried to the rear as well. The tail lights run from one end of the tail gate to the other. Hyundai badging is seen in the center of tail gate and right below it, Casper branding is also seen. Turn indicators, reflectors are placed on the bumper and reverse light is placed on the lower part of the bumper.
Like any other Hyundai car, Casper is also expected to offer a long list of features. The Casper is expected to come with two engine options in India. There will be a 1.1 litre or 1.2 litre naturally aspirated petrol and a 1.0 litre turbo petrol engine. While the naturally aspirated version will offer manual and AMT transmission, turbo petrol version might come with a manual gearbox only.