Hyundai, the second largest carmaker in India has released a teaser video showing the upcoming sub-4meter compact SUV testing in India. The all-new sub-compact SUV will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and newly launched Mahindra XUV 300 in the Indian market. It is based on the Carlino concept and is likely to be named as Styx in its production guise.
The all-new SUV will be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show in April 2019 and is expected to be launched by Mid-2019 in the Indian market. This is the first ever sub-4meter sub-compact SUV in the market from the Korean brand and will be a global product that will go on sale in the USA too. Hyundai India has been testing the upcoming SUV throughout the roads of India and the heavily camouflaged version has been caught testing multiple times on the roads.
The official teaser video of the Styx shows the heavily camouflaged vehicle going out of the Hyundai India factory in Chennai for a test run in different weather conditions. The test mule first goes through Chennai where the temperature is 29 degree Celsius and humidity is at 72%. The video says that the vehicle will next move through the mighty Aravali range and the video of the same will be released soon.
The Styx is being developed according to the Indian road conditions but it will be sold around the world. The video also reveals the bright DRLs of the Styx, which is likely to be a part of the production version of the vehicle. The compact SUV is based on an all-new platform that underpins the all-new Hyundai Santro too. The same platform will form the base of many upcoming vehicles like the all-new Hyundai Grand i10.
The engine details of the upcoming Styx are not clear. However, it is likely to get two petrol engine options in the international markets. The Indian version may carry a different engine to keep the overall cost of the vehicle low. However, in developed markets, the all-new Styx is expected to offer an all-new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine that is expected to churn out around 100 Bhp of maximum power. The car will also offer a naturally aspirated 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that powers the Hyundai Verna in the Indian market. The diesel engine in the Indian market is likely to be the same 1.4-litre turbocharged unit that powers the Hyundai Verna. Hyundai will offer both manual and automatic transmission options with the upcoming Styx.
Hyundai has always been generous when it comes to features and the upcoming Styx will likely to follow the same strategy. It is expected to get features like a sunroof, cruise control, wireless charging and even perforated ventilated front seats in the top-end variants. With loaded features, the Styx is expected to get a higher price tag than the segment-leading Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza too.