The facelifted Hyundai Verna C-Segment sedan is weeks away from being launched in India. Even as the facelift arrives here, an all-new next generation version of the car is in the works. The first spyshots of the 2016 Verna are now out in the open. The South Korean automaker has always been quick to bring its global cars into India. The same approach will be followed with the next-gen Verna as well, a car that is expected to be launched in its home market of South Korea by the end of this year.
Word emerging from the automaker’s Indian outpost suggests that the car will be here next year, as one of the automaker’s two big launches. Now, the other major launch that Hyundai has lined up for India in 2016 is an all-new MPV. The new vehicle will rub shoulders with the likes of the Ertiga-Mobilio-Lodgy brigade. While the Hexaspace concept has been shown at multiple Indian Auto Expos, a lot remains unknown about the new people mover that the automaker has been developing for India.
So far, test mules of the vehicle have not been spotted here, suggesting that the launch is at least a year away from now. Considering that 2016 is the year when the biennial Indian Auto Expo will happen in about 12 months, the new MPV – at least in concept guise – is likely to make an appearance at the country’s premier motor show.
The latest buzz around the Hyundai MPV suggests that the Elite i20’s platform will be used for the people mover. This platform already supports a hatchback, the upcoming Cross version, and of course the iX25 compact SUV – due for the last quarter of this year.
This platform uses a monocoque structure and a front wheel drive layout. Petrol and turbo diesel engines are expected to be offered. Generous equipment levels and high quality interiors are the other attributes that the new people mover from Hyundai is expected to pack in for good measure.
With the MPV in place, Hyundai’s assault on India’s sub-10 lakh rupee budget car segment will be complete, what with the brand having a presence in every segment that matters. Already the country’s second largest automaker, these launches will help Hyundai consolidate its position in the face of the ever mounting competition.