Snapshot – In India, south Korean automaker Hyundai is basking in the success of its two latest products base on the i10’s BA platform, the Grand i10 B+ segment hatchback and the Xcent compact sedan. The car maker has lined up a big list of cars for launch in the next 18 months. CarToq lists out six upcoming Hyundai cars for the Indian market, which are either facelifts of all new models.
All new i20 B+ segment hatchback
Hyundai will debut the all-new 2015 i20 B+ segment premium hatchback at this year’s Paris Motor Show. By the end of the year, the all-new i20 could be launched in India as the car is one of the strong sellers for the brand here. The all-new i20 will come a new design and is expected to get more spacious interiors. Both petrol and turbo diesel engines from the outgoing car are likely to be carried to the all-new model. The 2015 i20 is expected to retain its segment leader position when it comes to the safety features and creature comforts on offer. Expect pricing to start at a little over 5 lakh rupees, going all the way up to 8 lakh rupees.
The Hyundai Elantra is the top selling D-Segment car in India. Loaded with features, the Elantra sold in India is sold with petrol and turbo diesel engines and the diesel variants are a major reason for strong sales. The facelifted Elantra is already available globally and Hyundai is likely to bring the new car to India by the end of this year. Competition in the D-Segment sedan space is set to increase with the launch of the all-new, 11th generation Toyota Corolla Altis, which is larger than the outgoing model. So, a facelifted Elantra sedan promises to be a good option to keep up the sales momentum.
iX25 Compact SUV
The official reveal of the Hyundai iX25 crossover will happen at the Beijing Motor Show this month. The compact SUV has been spotted testing all over the world including India. Hyundai’s first stab at the growing compact SUV segment, the iX25 crossover will be launched in India during 2015. The car is expected to square off against the likes of the Renault Duster and the Nissan Terrano in terms of price and positioning. The iX25 crossover will be offered with petrol and turbo diesel engines, likely to be borrowed from the i20 hatchback while a more powerful diesel engine from the Verna could also be offered. The crossover’s top end variants will get independent rear suspension. Click here to read more.
The Sonata luxury sedan has received a facelift and has gone on sale Hyundai’s home market of South Korea. with its styling clearly inspired by the Genesis sedan, the facelifted Sonata looks more premium than the outgoing model. The car gets many key updates in terms of the overall refinement levels. The monocoque chassis is a new item that improves rigidity while the suspension and steering have been revised. A diesel engine though, is still not a part of the equation, meaning that the Sonata, even in facelifted guise, will find the going uphill in a diesel-happy market such as India.
Crossover styled hatchback based on the Grand i10 platform
To cater to a entry-level compact SUV buyers whose options includes the likes of the Ford EcoSport and the Mahindra Quanto, Hyundai is said to be working on a lower priced product based on the Hyundai Grand i10’s BA platform. This product could also take on crossover styled hatchbacks such as the Fiat Avventura and the Volkswagen Polo Cross. Expect butch styling on the new crossover styled hatchback from Hyundai. The feature set and interiors are expected to be borrowed from the Grand i10. A 2015 launch time frame seems likely.
Aiming for a pie in the growing compact MPV market, Hyundai is said to be working on a compact MPV that could square off against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Honda Mobilio. Not much is known about the new compact MPV from Hyundai. That the Hyundai MPV will feature a six seat capacity, petrol and turbo diesel engines are the few details that are floating about. With no test mules in sight yet, a launch in the fag end of 2015, or sometime in 2016, is likely for the Hyundai compact MPV.