Hyundai is all set to launch the QXi code-named sub-4 meter compact SUV in India late-2019, which means that we’re roughly a year away from launch. The South Korean automaker has already begun testing the compact SUV on Indian roads. When launched here, the sub-4 meter offering will take on the Maruti Brezza, the Ford EcoSport and the Tata Nexon. It will be priced and positioned well below the Creta. Expect prices to start from well under Rs.7 lakhs, making it Hyundai’s cheapest SUV for the Indian market. The SUV was first shown to Indian audiences at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo as the Carlino concept.
It remains to be seen if Hyundai will continue to use the boxy design that the Carlino concept came with or take a sleeker approach, a la Creta. The Maruti Brezza challenger from Hyundai will be offered with three engines – two in petrol and one in diesel. The petrol engines will be the 1.2 litre-4 cylinder VTVT unit and a new 1.0 litre-3 cylinder turbocharged unit. While the 1.2-litre petrol engine (82 Bhp-115 Nm) already does duty on the Hyundai Grand i10 and i20 Elite, the turbocharged unit will be an all-new motor. The turbocharged petrol motor will make about 120 PS-170 Nm, making it one of the most powerful units on a sub-4 meter SUV.
The diesel engine will be the tried and tested 1.4-litre CRDI U2 unit borrowed from the Hyundai Elite i20 and Creta models. This turbocharged diesel motor has been around in the Indian market for many years now. It’s highly regarded for refinement and punchy performance. The diesel engine makes 89 Bhp-220 Nm, putting it on par with other diesel engines offered on most sub-4 meter compact SUVs. While manual gearboxes will be standard with all engines, Hyundai is also said to be considering the AMT option for specific motors on the QXi. This is to bring the compact SUV at par with the Tata Nexon and Maruti Brezza, both of which offer AMT options on the diesel motor.