Over the past year, Hyundai has seen Maruti Suzuki become bigger in terms of market-share, and the South Korean automaker is charting out a plan to bag some of that market back. The key to do this starts from plugging the holes in Hyundai’s product portfolio, mainly in the sub-4 meter segment. Hyundai has just announced the launch timelines for two all-new cars for the Indian car market – the Santro replacement and the Brezza rivaling compact SUV.
Santro replacement code-named AH
The Santro replacement will arrive in the second half of next year. It’s expected to be shown at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo in February. The Santro replacement hatchback will rival the likes of the Maruti Alto K10, the Renault Kwid and the Tata Tiago.
Hyundai will be targeting sales of over 10,000 units per month from this car. It’s likely to be petrol-only, with perhaps LPG and CNG options to follow. A sub-1 liter petrol engine is likely, with a manual gearbox as standard. Hyundai may also offer an AMT option. We expect prices to start from under 3 lakh rupees.
Brezza-rivaling sub-4 meter compact SUV
Render courtesy Rushlane
Hyundai showcased the Carlino concept at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo. The Carlino concept was a butch looking, sub-4 meter compact SUV, and is said to be the base for the new vehicle that Hyundai will launch in the first half of 2019. The new compact SUV will rival the Brezza, and could be showcased at the upcoming 2018 Delhi Auto Expo.
The new SUV is likely to be offered with turbo-charged petrol engine options. Both manual and automatic gearboxes are expected, along with a front wheel drive layout. Since it’s a Hyundai, a lot of features and creature comforts are highly likely. Since it’s a latecomer, expect sharp design and an even sharper starting price tag of under Rs. 7 lakhs.