Hyundai’s Maruti Ertiga-rivaling MPV: What it could look like

Hyundai India has already launched a few cars in the Indian market earlier this year including the all-new Aura, all-new Creta and the facelifted Verna. The South Korean manufacturer is currently working to bring in more new models to the Indian market. In the future, Hyundai also plans to enter the MPV segment in India and launch a car to take on the likes of Mahindra Marazzo and Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. The rendered image is based on a test mule that was spotted testing on the roads a few days back.

The rendered image is made by Pratyush Rout for Rushlane. Hyundai started testing the upcoming MPV in South Korea a few weeks back. The production model of the car should be ready by the end of this year or even sooner than that. However, before that, Hyundai is likely to do a global unveiling to reveal the car for the markets worldwide.

The MPV was conceptualised in 2012 when the HND-7 designed study was showcased at the Auto Expo. Hyundai shelved the project for a long time before starting to work on it again and currently, it is almost ready.

The rendered image shows that the upcoming MPV will get a similar design to the Venue. The front gets a hexagonal grille with sleek turn indicators. The main headlamp cluster is positioned below in the bumper and it gets LED DRLs. The overall shape of the car has a smooth and flowing design and it looks quite elegant as well as modern. On the inside, the car will get a three-row seating option but likely two layouts – 7-seater and 6-seater. The 6-seater version will take on the Nexa XL6, which is based on Ertiga but offers premium look and feel. A set of spy shots of the upcoming car also reveals that it will get a modern cabin with a multi-function steering wheel, which looks similar to the Creta. The dashboard remains under heavy camouflage but it is likely to offer a layout that will be similar to the Verna or Venue.

Hyundai will power the upcoming MPV with both petrol and diesel engine options. The will be a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine options. Hyundai will also offer automatic transmission option with the manual version.

The recent sales data indicate that the popularity of the MPVs are rising in the market and the Innova Crysta and Ertiga are perfect examples of that. When launched, the Hyundai MPV is likely to offer a slew of features including many first-in-segment features.