Santro to Creta: 10 new Hyundai cars for India, with launch timelines

South Korean carmaker Hyundai is the second largest carmaker in terms of sales numbers in India. Hyundai’s plans for India will see the carmaker launch a barrage of new cars and SUVs in the coming years. In this post, we’ll take a look at 10 upcoming cars and SUVs that we will see from Hyundai in India over the next few years.

Hyundai Santro
Launch Date: October 23, 2018

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Hyundai finally showed off the all-new Santro tall-boy hatchback in an event earlier this month. The new Santro will finally be launched in India today and rival the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R on Indian roads. Hyundai claims to have already received over 14,000 bookings for the Santro in less than two weeks since the car’s unveiling On October 8.

The new Santro mixes the iconic tallboy design with Hyundai Fluidic Design 2.0 styling philosophy. The new Santro is powered by a 1.1-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine with 68 Bhp and 99 Nm of torque which comes paired to either a 5-speed manual or Hyundai’s first-ever AMT automatic gearbox. Expect prices for the new Santro to start at around Rs 3.87 lakhs.

Expected Launch – April 2019

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The Hyundai QXi, which could bear the name Styx when it finally arrives on Indian roads in April 2019 is the Korean carmaker’s answer to the Maruti Vitara Brezza. The QXi was previewed by the Carlino concept seen at Auto Expo 2016 but the production SUV is expected to look more like a smaller version of the Creta when it is launched next year, with a few design highlights like the split headlamp design.

The QXi will be the first Hyundai sold in India to feature a turbocharged petrol engine. The unit in question is a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine capable of 110 Bhp and 170 Nm of torque. The diesel powerplant for Hyundai’s first sub-4-metre SUV will be the 1.4-litre engine found on the i20.

Kona Electric SUV
Expected Launch – mid-2019

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Hyundai’s push towards electrification worldwide will see it launch fully electric and hybrid vehicles in India as well. The first fully electric vehicles from Hyundai for India will be the Kona electric SUV.

The Kona in all its forms including hybrid and full EV is already on sale in international markets. India is expected to get the Kona EV with the 64 kWh battery pack which has an EPA-rated range of 415 km on a single charge. The Kona is also expected to be assembled locally to help keep prices down.

Elantra Facelift
Expected Launch – mid-2019

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The Hyundai Elantra competes with the likes of the Toyota Corolla and the Skoda Octavia in the Indian market. The Korean carmaker unveiled the facelifted version of the Elantra to the world a few months ago in August, which brings with it a radical design makeover. The facelifted Elantra is expected to arrive in India by the middle of 2019.

The facelifted Elantra looks more aggressive thanks to a completely revised front end that features the company’s cascading grille along with sharp triangular headlamps with integrated LED DRLs and a revised front bumper. The taillamps too have been redesigned and look rather cool and the sedan gets a new rear bumper and sits on a set of brand-new alloy wheels and also gets a host of new features including a new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a host of safety equipment.

All-new Grand i10
Expected Launch – late 2019

2019 Hyundai Grand I10 Render
via IAB

The next-generation Hyundai Grand i10 is expected to be unveiled in 2019 and has already been spotted testing in India. The new Grand i10 is expected to arrive in India by around October 2019, just in time for the festive season.

The Grand i10 will feature a revised design with a wider stance and will sport Hyundai’s trademark cascading grille. The hatchback will also sport larger and wider headlamps that like the ones on the Santro sit just above the grille. The rear will also see new wider taillamps as well. The new i10 is expected to retain its current 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engine options, though the current automatic gearbox will make for an AMT unit.

All-New Xcent
Expected Launch – early 2020

Hyundai is currently working on the next-generation of the Xcent compact sedan and the new car is expected to make its way onto Indian roads by early 2020.

The new Xcent is expected to be different in terms of design to new Grand i10, the hatchback it is currently based on. The new Xcent will also feature more room on the inside for passengers, especially those in the rear seat as it looks to rival the likes of the Maruti Dzire and Honda’s Amaze.

Next-gen Elite i20
Expected Launch – 2020

2020 Hyundai Elite I20 Render

The next-generation of the Elite i20 premium hatchback is expected to arrive in India by 2020 and will bring with a big change under the bonnet and is expected to feature a big styling makeover.

The new Elite i20 will be powered by the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine that will make its debut under the bonnet of the QXi compact SUV in 2019. The engine is rated for around 110 Bhp. There is also a chance that Hyundai could drop the 1.4-litre diesel motor due to stringent new BS-VI emission norms that come into effect on April 1, 2020.

Verna Facelift
Expected Launch – second half of 2020

2020 Hyundai Verna Facelift Render 1

Hyundai launched the current generation of the Verna sedan in India last year. The expected mid-life facelift of the new Verna is expected to arrive in India by the second half of 2020 and will bring with it major changes to the Maruti Ciaz and Honda City rival both in terms of design and performance.

The facelifted Verna will see the arrival of new 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines. The new diesel engine will be slightly less powerful than the current 1.6-litre unit but will meet the more stringent BS-VI emission norms that go into effect in 2020. The petrol engine is expected to be future proofed for the arrival of a hybrid setup, which could arrive a few years later down the line.

All-new Creta
Expected Launch – late 2020

The Hyundai Creta has been a runaway success for Hyundai in India. The Creta is the second-best selling SUV in India with only the Maruti Brezza selling more units in the country. Hyundai is currently working on the next-gen Creta which will arrive in India sometime in late 2020. A seven-seater version of the Creta is expected to pop up in 2021.

The new Creta will be powered by a set of new 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines that will first be seen on the facelifted Elantra. The new Creta is also expected to feature a design makeover that will see it get a design similar to the one seen on the Kona electric SUV and other global Hyundai SUV models.

Next-gen Tucson
Expected Launch – 2021

The next-generation of the Hyundai Tucson is due to be unveiled in 2021 and will replace the Santa Fe in the carmaker’s global lineup. The new Tucson is expected to feature a host of new features to match its more premium placing in Hyundai’s lineup and will go up against the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Honda CR-V in India.

The new Tucson (codenamed SU2) is larger in every dimension compared to the current SUV and will only be sold in 7-seater guise in India. The next-gen Tucson will feature new powertrain options that will be compliant with stricter Real Driving Emissions Cycle norms that will come into effect in 2023.