Hyundai is set to launch its long-awaited micro-SUV in the Indian market.
The first official images of Hyundai Exter have now surfaced, and the vehicle looks quite interesting. The following slides will give you every piece of information we have on the car yet.
Called a 'micro-SUV' and pitched as a Tata Punch rival, the Exter has huge piles of expectations to meet for its sales success.
It is underpinned by the same platform as the new Grand i10 NiOS and Aura. In size, this would be a sub-four meter offering with a high-set stance.
A total of five variants are to be expected: EX, S, SX, SX(O) and SX(O) Connect.
In Hyundai's domestic portfolio, the Exter will sit above the i10 NiOS/ Aura and below the Venue. This is undoubtedly, being pitched as a volume-driver.
Early anticipations had hinted that the carmaker could bring in the global Casper (or a derivative) as its micro-SUV for India. Later, these rumours were ruled out as it got official that it was the Ai3 coming, and not the AX1.
Hyundai Exter doesn't really look like the AX1-based Casper. It's got a distinctive design, and ample features on the inside.
Key exterior highlights include Black grille, split headlamps with H-shaped LED signature, dual-tone wheels, upright pillars, dual tailpipe tips, and faux skid plates.
Hyundai Exter will come with a lot of in-cabin equipment. Expect the top-spec to pack multiple airbags, touchscreen infotainment with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, semi digital instrumentation, etc.
The Exter will offer 3 powertrain choices: 1.2L petrol manual, 1.2L petrol AMT and CNG. The NA petrol engines are expected to have similar tunes as in the i10 NIOS. Expect 84 hp and 113 Nm.
Though not confirmed yet, Hyundai could add a 1.0 L turbo petrol in the future.
Upon launch, Hyundai Exter will compete with the Tata Punch, Citroen C3, Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger.