Hyundai’s upcoming small car for the Indian market the ‘HA’ was recently caught testing in South Korea.
Hyundai had previously tested the first generation i10 in South Korea before introducing the car in India and seems to be treading a similar path for the HA small car as well.
The heavily camouflaged car had i10 like headlamps, chrome strips on the front grille, large fog lamps, a wide hexagonal radiator grille on the front bumper, high mounted tail lamps resembling the i10. Even the side profiles of the car appeared to have a few design cues of the i10.
CarToq had earlier reported about the test mules of the Hyundai Ha being caught testing in Chennai a few months back. Read more: Hyundai ‘HA’ small car spotted testing in Chennai
Both the test mules spotted in South Korea and India are the same and this could very well mean that Hyundai is eyeing the global market for the Ha small car as well.
Hyundai HA (petrol) will be powered by a 3 cylinder, 814 cc engine that produces 45 bhp of maximum power and the company may also develop a high powered variant of the HA with a 1.0 litre Kappa engine. Also read: Hyundai HA small car to compete with the Alto not Nano
Hyundai HA will attract customers of the Maruti Alto by placing the HA small car in the Rs. 2.5 to Rs. 3.5 lakh price band, the car will also compete with the upcoming Chevrolet Spark 800 cc car.
Hyundai has been the second largest car maker in India with its major sales volume coming from the two important models, the i10 and i20. Even the Hyundai Santro, a decade-old car still attracts a little over 5,000 buyers every month.
Following the launch Hyundai HA, Maruti Suzuki will likely launch a ‘Made in India’ small car in the next couple of years. The HA small car co-exist with the Hyundai Santro but it would make sense even if Hyundai eventually withdraws the Santro which is now old and dated.
The HA has been awaited for quite some time now and could be a major sales driver for Hyundai in the Indian market.
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