Hyundai has announced that it will launch the Exter sub-compact SUV on July 10th. The Korean automaker has shared some visuals of the Exter, which not only reveal the launch date but also showcase some of the features that will be included in the SUV. Positioned below the Venue compact SUV, the new Hyundai Exter is already open for bookings at dealerships.
The released visuals by Hyundai on social media platforms depict the Exter with a single-pane sunroof, indicating that this feature will be available in the production model. This makes the Exter the most affordable Hyundai vehicle to offer a sunroof. Additionally, the Exter will feature a segment-first dashcam mounted on the front windscreen. The dashcam will offer three recording modes: Driving (normal), Event (safety), and Vacation (timelapse).
The design language of the Exter is unique, characterized by an upright and boxy stance. Previous teasers from Hyundai have already revealed H-shaped daytime running LEDs, LED projector headlamps within rectangular housings, a muscular silver skid plate, black body cladding, machined alloy wheels, roof rails, and a textured finish for the C-pillar. However, the rear profile of the Exter has not been unveiled yet, but it is expected to feature LED inserts in the tail lamps.
Will come with a petrol engine
All five trim levels of the new Hyundai Exter will be equipped with a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. The option of a 5-speed AMT will also be available in the sub-compact SUV. This 1.2-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine, shared with the Grand i10 Nios, is expected to deliver 83 PS of power and 114 Nm of torque. Selective trims of the Hyundai Exter will also offer a CNG powertrain. All five trim levels, namely EX, S, SX, SX(O), and SX(O) Connect, will come with six airbags as standard.
The new Hyundai Exter will directly compete with the popular Tata Punch, which has been performing well in terms of sales for Tata Motors. It will also rival the Citroen C3 and the upcoming sub-compact SUV from Mahindra, rumored to be called XUV100, which will replace the discontinued KUV100.
The new Hyundai Exter is expected to be a highly capable vehicle in its segment. Hyundai may introduce terrain modes and other traction-based features that will enhance the vehicle’s capabilities. In the teasers, Hyundai has hinted that the compact SUV will be capable of tackling diverse terrains.