Hyundai is planning to launch a compact SUV to rival the Renault Duster and the Ford EcoSport. And now, the company seems to be fast-tracking the launch process to cash in on one of the few segments in the Indian auto industry that is growing.
Images of the new Hyundai compact SUV testing in South Korea have surfaced on the Internet. The one you see below is from Blog.Naver, which first put these photos up. This compact SUV is currently being tested in South Korea and would likely come into India by the end of next year. The prototype being tested shows some of Hyundai’s new design lines for its SUVs, which is an adaptation of the fluidic design theme it was following. Also read: Hyundai to launch compact SUV, MPV and new small car in India
The vehicle appears to have raised ground clearance, but is clearly a crossover and not a full-fledged SUV. It retains plenty of car-like characteristics in its styling. Going by the dimensions this won’t be a sub-4 metre vehicle like the EcoSport, but is likely to be about the same size as a Renault Duster. It will be a proper five-seater SUV. This SUV is likely to share its underpinnings and platform with the new MPV that Hyundai is planning for next year, which is based on the Hyundai hexaspace concept MPV that was showcased at the Auto Expo last year. Also read: Can Ertiga, Duster and EcoSport upset mid-size car sales?
When the vehicle is launched in India, it is likely to have a choice of both petrol and diesel engines. Hyundai is likely to defer its launch till the time it has its diesel engine plant in Chennai churning out engines for its entire fleet – something that should happen later this year. This year, Hyundai is planning to roll out a new hatchback, the new I10 but with a different name, that will slot in between the old Hyundai i10 and the Hyundai i20. It is also apparently considering a compact sedan for the Indian market based on the HB20 it sells in Brazil. Also read: Five upcoming Hyundai cars in India