Hyundai has made it clear that it will focus primarily on the SUVs and the MPVs in the Indian market. With the growing demand in these segments, Hyundai has already claimed the top-SUV manufacturer in India with the likes of Venue, Creta, newly launched Alcazar and the likes. Now Hyundai is working on an all-new car, which will be an MPV to take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.
A report on ACI claims that Hyundai is working on the all-new MPV, which will be launched in developing markets like India, Indonesia and Russia. The vehicle gets an internal codename as KS and will make its debut in Indonesia sometime in 2022.
The new MPV will share the platform with the Kia KY MPV, which is also expected to launch in the Indian market next year. Following the launch of the MPV from Kia, Hyundai will bring its iteration to the market.
The Stargazer will be one of the first MPVs to roll out from Hyundai’s new plant in Indonesia where the demand for MPVs is very high. The MPV segment is ruled by the likes of Honda BR-V, Mitsubishi Xpander, and Suzuki Ertiga among other vehicles.
Same platform as the Creta
The all-new Stargazer will get the same platform as the Hyundai Creta. The length of the MPV might similar to the newly launched Hyundai Alcazar. However, the design of the cabin will allow Hyundai to put three-row seating comfortably.
Hyundai has even started testing the upcoming vehicle in its home country North Korea. The heavily camouflaged test mule shows the design highlights of the upcoming MPV. It will get a similar front-face to the current-generation Hyundai cars.
Hyundai will offer the all-new MPV with a 1.5-litre petrol engine at first. The report claims that if Hyundai launches the car in India, there will be a 1.5-litre diesel engine available too. Interestingly, the segment leader Maruti Suzuki Ertiga does not offer a diesel engine option.
While Hyundai is yet to confirm the launch of the all-new Stargaze in the Indian market, Kia has confirmed the launch of its MPV – codenamed as KY. Hyundai and Kia follow the strategic launches in India and bring out models based on the same platform. Like the Sonet – Venue and the Seltos – Creta, Hyundai is likely to launch the all-new Stargaze to take on the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Mahindra Marazzo.
Hyundai will launch the all-new Casper, which is codenamed AX1. The new micro-SUV will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ignis in the Indian market.