Hyundai India is putting together a new MPV that is set to rival the best selling Toyota Innova. The MPV from Hyundai will hit the Indian car market in 2016. The South Korean automaker plans to use 2015 and 2016 as pivotal years that will push it into new segments of the car market in India. While Hyundai will enter the compact SUV and crossover segments next year, with the likes of the iX25 and the Elite i20 Cross, 2016 will be the year of the MPV. Hyundai has showcased MPV concepts at multiple Auto Expos and one such concept is likely to be productionized for a launch in India.
Not many details about the Hyundai MPV is known at this point of time. Considering the fact that Hyundai is plotting a Toyota Innova rival, a 7 seat layout is likely to be on offer. People movers in India come with a diesel engine as a de-facto option, along with petrol engines served up to satiate the minority of the market. In line with this, both petrol and turbo diesel engines are likely to be on offer in the new MPV from Hyundai. A monocoque bodyshell and a front wheel drive layout are the other attributes that could make it into the MPV.
The MPV segment in India will see a flurry of launches in the next couple of years. Nissan will start 2015 with the launch of the Datsun Go+, which is likely to remain the lowest priced MPV in the country for a while. Renault will follow the Datsun Go+ into India, with the large Lodgy. In 2016, Maruti Suzuki will come up with a 7 seat version of the popular WagonR, while reports note that India’s leading car maker is also developing an Innova rival for a possible 2017 launch. Mahindra is also working on 3 new MPVs for the Indian car market.