Hyundai has been testing a sub-4 meter compact SUV that will be positioned under the Creta and will take on the vehicles, such as the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport. The new SUV will be called the Styx, according to a report by Gaadiwaadi. The Hyundai Styx is just months away from launch, and is expected to be in the market by March 2019.
It will be sold with petrol and diesel engines. Currently, it’s code-named the QXi, and was first previewed to India as the Carlino during the 2016 Indian Auto Expo. Some details about the mechanicals of the Styx have already surfaced. The compact SUV will be the first Hyundai car in India to offer a turbocharged petrol engine.
The 1-litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine will be capable of producing over 110 Bhp of peak power and 170 Nm of peak torque. The new compact SUV will also get an AMT option. The diesel engine will be the 1.4-litre turbocharged unit borrowed from the Hyundai Elite i20.
This engine will produce 89 Bhp of peak power and 220 Nm of peak torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox is likely to be standard. The Hyundai Styx will be front-wheel driven and will have a monocoque body. It will be a 5-seat SUV that ducks in under 4 meters in length for excise duty benefits.
As for styling, it is expected to look very sharp, and resemble the Hyundai Creta. If the test mules are anything to go by, the Hyundai Styx could end up looking like a baby Creta, which is something that most buyers will not mind at all given how good looking the Creta is. Other details about this SUV are not known at this point in time.
The expectations are that it will be feature-rich, a typical Hyundai trait. A high level of fit-and-finish – another Hyundai trait – is also expected. The Styx is expected to sit on the Hyundai Elite i20 platform. As for pricing, expect it to start from under Rs. 8 lakhs.