Hyundai has a new micro-SUV that is currently in development. It has been named AX1 internally and according to the rumours, the production spec will be called Casper. Here are some new renders that are based on the recent spy shots of the Casper while it was on test in South Korea.
The underpinnings of the Casper will be shared with the Santro and the Grand i10 Nios which are currently on sale in India. It gets a lot of its design elements from SUVs but because of its small size, it looks more like a crossover. Still, the space on offer will be comparable to Maruti Suzuki Ignis as it is the direct rival of Casper. It will also go against the Mahindra KUV100 NXT and the upcoming Citroen C21.
The design of the Casper is quite quirky and modern looking. It might not be for everyone but it does look quite nice. There are circular headlamps that have a projector setup and a circular LED Daytime Running Lamp surround. In the render, there is an additional set of headlamps. However, in the test mules that space was empty, it is still not clear what Hyundai is planning to do. All of this will be housed in a huge grille that stretches across the width of the vehicle.
The turn indicators will be placed right below the bonnet in slim strips. So, it is a similar design that we have seen on the Hyundai Venue. In the render, the lower half of the bumper is finished in a dark grey colour. The bonnet is quite flat giving a SUV like profile to the hatchback.
At the side profile, there is a black plastic cladding that runs through the length of the vehicle. This has been done to give a rugged look to Casper. The render is using blacked-out 5-spoke alloy wheels. However, the test mules reveal that the Casper will use 17-inch alloy wheels that look quite different from the ones that are in the render. We can also see that there are roof rails which we expect will be there only for cosmetic purposes. Also, the roof is finished in black. The rear door handles are placed on the C-pillar giving the Casper a three-door look.
We also have some details regarding the interior of the Casper. The upholstery will be finished in white, giving the cabin a very airy feel. Other things like doors will be finished in black giving a dual-tone theme to the cabin. The front seats will be scooped out from the rear so that the rear occupants have enough legroom. It will get adjustable headrests for the front as well as rear. In the front, there will be an armrest that too finished in white. We also know that there will be a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.