The competition in the sub-4m compact SUV segment is heating up. Mahindra recently launched the all-new Mahindra XUV 300 in the segment. Hyundai is working on the all-new QXi, which is likely to be called Styx later this year. Hyundai will reveal the all-new Styx at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in April 2019 and will bring the vehicle to the Indian market by the mid-2019.
The Hyundai QXi will be offered with three engine options according to ACI. It will get a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, 1.4-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.4-litre diesel engine, which also powers other Hyundai cars including the Elite i20, Verna and the Creta. The 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine is a three-cylinder unit and will produce a maximum of 100 Bhp and 171 Nm. The power figures of the 1.4-litre petrol and diesel engine in the upcoming sub-4m compact SUV is not known, but it is likely to remain on the higher side.
The all-new QXi will come with 6-speed manual transmission with both the 1.4-litre petrol and diesel engine options. Both these engines only get a 5-speed transmission with the existing Hyundai cars. The 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine will get a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It should be noted that the Ford EcoSport also offered the 6-speed DCT in the Indian market but then replaced it with a 6-speed torque converter when the facelifted version of the vehicle was launched. It reduced the overall cost of the car by quite a lot.
Hyundai is expected to load the QXi with various features. It is expected to come with a very plush cabin that will offer features like a sunroof, large touch-sensitive infotainment system, ventilated seats, wireless phone charger, cruise control and many more such features. It will also get a 6-airbag system and disc brakes on all the four wheels.
The all-new Hyundai QXi has been spotted a few times testing on the Indian roads. The all-new SUV gets heavy camouflage, and the design looks much like a scaled-down Hyundai Creta. The headlamp set-up and the front-end of the vehicle will be similar to the new-age Hyundai vehicles it will seem very much inspired by the Hyundai Santa Fe. There will be a cascading grille at the front with sleek LED headlamps. It will also get LED tail lamps. To further make it a head-turner, Hyundai will offer machine-cut alloy wheels too.
The Hyundai Styx or QXi will take on the likes of Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV 300 and the best-selling UV in India – Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Hyundai has a knack of capturing the attention of the market by offering sharp design and a long list of features. The QXi will not be any different. The all-new Styx has been designed for the Indian market but it will be a global vehicle and will be sold in the USA too.