Hyundai will launch five new cars & SUVs in India over the next 2 years. The South Korean automaker is likely to showcase many of these upcoming cars at the 2018 India Auto Expo that’ll happen early in February next year. Here’s a quick walkthrough of upcoming Hyundais.
Hyundai has been testing the facelifted version of the i20 premium hatchback, and the car is likely to make it to showrooms early next year. It’ll expected to be shown at the Auto Expo, and will feature stylistic changes on the front and the rear. The insides of the car could get a refresh with new features added. The engines aren’t likely to be updated though, with the 1.2 liter and 1.4 liter petrols, and the 1.4 liter turbo diesel motors expected to carry on.
The Creta will be the next car to get a refresh, and could also be shown at the Auto Expo. It’s expected to launch by the end of year, sometime around the festive season of 2018. In terms of styling changes, it’ll get a revamped front end, with more aggressive lines, while the rear will get minor tweaks. The engines and gearboxes are expected to be retained as is. In the cabin, Hyundai could add a few new features with the overall look and feel remaining similar to the current version.
Hyundai is putting together a new entry-level hatchback, which could bear the Santro name (the name hasn’t been confirmed yet). The all-new hatchback is expected to take the crossover stance in terms of styling, a-la-Kwid. It’ll sit in between the Eon and Grand i10 in terms of positioning, replacing the older i10 that’s no longer sold here. A petrol engine is expected to be standard, with manual and AMT options. The car could get a tall-boy stance given the fact that Hyundai doesn’t have a single such model on sale right now.
The first electric vehicle that Hyundai plans to sell in India is the Kona. The electric car was shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show, in concept form. The production version of the Kona Electric will make its debut at next year’s Geneva Motor Show. More details will be revealed at that point. Right now, Hyundai has announced an ambitious battery range for the car, which at 384 Kms, could make it a viable option for many conventional SUV buyers. The Kona is likely to be imported into India as a CBU, more as a statement on what Hyundai can deliver in the EV space, rather than as a volumes bagger.
Carlino sub-4 meter SUV
The Carlino concept was shown at the 2016 Indian Expo, as a sub-4 meter Vitara Brezza rival. The compact SUV will make its India debut in 2019. It’ll pack in turbo petrol power, becoming the first Hyundai car in India to offer buyers that option. The SUV will challenge the likes of the Maruti Brezza, the Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport. A diesel engine is also a given while an AMT option is said to be on the table. More details of this SUV will be known next year. For now though, we do know that it’ll be a sub-Creta SUV option, with a price tag well under 10 lakh rupees.