Hyundai is working on its first-ever sub-4meter compact SUV, which is internally known as the QXi. The vehicle is based on the Hyundai Carlino concept, which was first showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo in India. As per the latest report on Business Korea, the QXi will be known as the Venue in the Indian market. Earlier, the reports suggested that it will be named as the Styx. However, Hyundai is yet to confirm the official name of the car.
The upcoming Hyundai Venue or Styx will be launched in the global markets and will be known by the different names based on the market. In India, it will be launched in the sub-4m compact SUV segment, which is currently populated by the likes of Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and newly launched Mahindra XUV 300. It will be first-ever sub-4m SUV from the brand and will become the most affordable vehicle in their SUV line-up in the market.
The all-new compact SUV will be showcased at the 2019 New York International Auto Show that will start from 17th April for the media and 19th April for the general public. Hyundai will unveil the production-spec vehicle on the first day of the show, which is 17th April. The car will be launched in the market by the mid-2019.
Hyundai has been testing the Styx or Venue for a long time on the Indian roads now. The Korean manufacturer has even released an official video of the car under heavy camouflage that shows it’s testing journey starting from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, where the Hyundai production plant is located.
Even though it will be a global vehicle and will be available in developed markets like the USA, the Indian-spec Hyundai Venue (Styx) will be slightly different in terms of design and features. The Indian market demands for specific changes and Hyundai has been tweaking the international products for the Indian market for a long time now. For example, the Grand i10, which is sold as i10 in the international markets gets a very aggressive window line in the international markets but the rear window was made bigger for the Indian market to ensure that the rear passengers do not feel claustrophobic in the rear seat.
Hyundai has not confirmed the engine details of the upcoming vehicle but in the Indian market, the QXi is expected to be powered by three different engine options. Hyundai will offer the same 1.4-litre petrol and 1.4 diesel engine option that are available with the Hyundai Verna in India. The car will also get a high-performance 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine. The turbocharged engine is also expected to offer 7-speed dual-clutch transmission while the other engine options will offer a 6-speed manual transmission.
The car will also get several high-end and luxury features including sunroof, cruise control, wireless charging, ventilated front seats, LED projector headlamps, 6-airbag system and more. It will be priced at a premium in the Indian market.