Hyundai is putting together a brand new sub-4 meter compact SUV that will gun straight for the Maruti Brezza, the country’s best selling SUV. Code-named the QXi and first shown to India at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo as the Carlino, the sub-4 meter Hyundai will be launched in India by March 2019. Reports state that the new SUV would be called the Hyundai Styx. With less than 6 months to go for the launch, test mules of SUV have already been spotted. Deriving cues from test mules, here is a render that shows what the production version of the Hyundai Styx/QXi could look like.
Render courtesy IAB
As the render indicates, the Hyundai Styx/QXi could look like a baby-Creta, but with a few butch lines. The front end is likely to get the cascading Hyundai grille, which is now common across almost all new cars from the South Korean automaker. The headlamps could be LED units, similar to the ones seen on the Hyundai Kona.
Visually, the new Hyundai sub-4 meter compact SUV is likely to be very attractive, just like its big brother Creta. Top notch levels of fit and finish is likely. The SUV will ride on 16 inch wheels, and the top-end variants are expected to get diamond cut alloy wheels.
As for the mechanicals, the monocoque SUV will be front wheel driven, and will offer turbocharged petrol and diesel engine options. While the diesel will be the 1.4 liter CRDI unit also found on the i20 Elite with 89 Bhp-220 Nm, the petrol will be an all-new, 3 cylinder turbocharged unit putting out about 110 Bhp. Both engines are more powerful than the one offered by the Maruti Brezza.
Hyundai will offer manual gearboxes as standard and automated manual transmission options. Both the petrol and diesel engines are likely to get AMT options. A four wheel drive layout is not likely to be in the scheme of things for the Hyundai Styx. The SUV is likely to be featured loaded with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay making it to the top spec variants. Twin airbags and ABS+EBD will be standard safety features across all trims. Expect prices of the Hyundai Styx to start from about Rs. 7.5-8 lakhs. It’ll rival the Maruti Brezza, Ford EcoSport and Tata Nexon.