Hyundai Carlino Compact SUV Launch Details, Expected Price, Specs

Hyundai Carlino Compact SUV

– The Hyundai Carlino will rival Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza.

– The SUV will come with both petrol and diesel engine options.

Hyundai recently announced its plan to launch 8 new products in the Indian market by 2020. The plan outlined five full-model changes, two all-new models and an electric SUV. While the South Korean carmaker hasn’t yet revealed names of the new products, it is likely to include new-generation Santro, Carlino concept based compact SUV and Kona electric SUV. Cars like Grand i10, Creta, Santa Fe and Tucson might also witness major changes in coming years. Along with this, the carmaker aims to ramp up production capacity of its Chennai plant from 7 lakh units to 7.5 units per year. Hyundai Carlino concept based sub-4 meter SUV will be one of the major launches from the South Korean carmaker in India.

While the concept version of the Hyundai Carlino made its public debut at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, the production-ready model is scheduled to hit showrooms early next year. In the sub-4-metre SUV space, Hyundai’s new car will take head-to-head against the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport. While the Carlino concept was based on i20 platform, the production-ready model is likely to sit on the Grand i10 platform. The Grand i10 platform will help the automaker to achieve aggressive pricing. While the launch is months away, the engine details of the SUV have emerged on the web. The Carlino SUV is reported to use a new 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine boosted with direct injection system. It will also get a 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel powertrain. Read – Hyundai Santro To Make A Comeback in India

Hyundai Carlino compact SUV front side

Hyundai Carlino Key Features 

– Boxy design
– Large front grille
– Chunky bumpers
– Sleek headlamps with LED DRLs
– Pronounced wheel arches
– Large wheels
– Rear skid plates
– Roof carriers
– Suicide doors
– Square-shaped taillight
– Interchangeable audio, visual and navigation units
– Push button start
– Automatic climate control
– Multi-functional steering wheel
– Rear AC vents
– Multiple airbags
– Anti-lock Braking System
– Electronic Brake-force Distribution
– Hill start assist

Hyundai Carlino compact SUV side pic

Hyundai Carlino India Launch

SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles) are taking the Indian market by storm, and aiming to get traction car manufacturers are expanding their Utility Vehicle lineup. While Maruti is planning to launch the global Suzuki Vitara, Tata will launch two all-new SUVs – H5X and H7X. The South Korean carmaker, Hyundai has tasted a great success in the SUV segment with Creta. Now, the company will enter into the sub-4 meter SUV segment with Hyundai Carlino (internally known as Hyundai Qxi). Hyundai India confirmed that it will launch the sub-4 meter SUV in the first half of 2019. The carmaker is rerouting its resources for fast tracking the SUV’s development process. Check Out – Upcoming Hyundai Cars At 2018 Auto Expo

Hyundai Carlino Price in India

Varaint Expected Price
Minimum Rs 8 lakh
Maximum Rs 12 lakh

The Carlino or HND14 concept that was first showcased at Auto Expo was based on the Elite i20 platform. It’s the same architecture that underpins the Verna sedan. However, a few media reports suggest that the company could use the Grand i10 platform for achieving competitive pricing. Interestingly, about 60 per cent development of the SUV will be performed by Hyundai India’s R&D team. Similar to other new-age Hyundai cars, which are priced slightly higher than their respective rivals, we expect this one to cost slightly higher than its competitors. The Hyundai Carlino price in India is estimated to begin from Rs 8 lakh for the entry-level model and go up to Rs 12 lakh for the high-spec variant. Check Out –Upcoming Hyundai Cars in India 

Hyundai Carlino compact SUV rear profile

Hyundai Carlino Specifications

Petrol Engine 1.0-litre T-GDi
Diesel Engine 1.4-litre U2 CRDi
Gearbox 6-speed MT & 4-speed AT

The South Korean carmaker will bring in the Carlino concept based SUV with a new smaller capacity turbocharged petrol engine instead of the 1.2-litre Kappa petrol motor. That means, the sub-4-metre SUV will derive its power from a 1.0-litre T-GDi 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that also does duty in the global-spec i20 hatchback. This powertrain can make a top power of 118bhp at 6,000rpm, while generating a peak torque of 171Nm between 1,500 – 4,000rpm. Power will be delivered to the front wheels via a 6-speed gearbox. Read: New Hyundai Elite i20 – All You Need To Know

On the other hand, the diesel version of the compact SUV will be propelled by a 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine. This powertrain has already been used in the Creta and the i20. The power and torque figures of this oil burner stand at 89bhp at 4,000rpm and 220Nm at 1,500 – 2,750rpm respectively. Transmission duties are likely to be taken care of by a 6-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic gearbox. Read – This Will Be Hyundai’s First Electric Sedan in India

Hyundai Carlino Mileage

Variant Expected Mileage
Petrol Model 18kmpl – 19kmpl
Diesel Model 24kmpl – 25kmpl

Engine specifications of the new Hyundai SUV are yet to be revealed by the carmaker. Though, it is reported to come with a 1.0L T-GDi petrol and a 1.4L U2 CRDi diesel powertrains. While the gasoline unit is likely to return a mileage between 18kmpl to 19kmpl, the oil burner will deliver around 24kmpl to 25kmpl. Picture Gallery – New Hyundai Verna Sedan

Hyundai Carlino Exterior 

Hyundai Carlino at Auto Expo 2016

Similar to its concept, the production-ready Hyundai Carlino will carry the conventional SUV-ish profile with boxy design. Unlike most of Hyundai’s cars featuring Fluidic design philosophy, this car will have aggressive stance. Design elements such as a large grille, chunky bumpers, sleek headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and scuff plates under the bumper adorn its aggressive front fascia. Other design highlights include chunky wheel arches, large wheels, rear skid plates, roof carriers, suicide doors and square-shaped taillights, carried over from the concept. Read: New Hyundai Verna Price, Pictures & Details

Hyundai Carlino Interior

The company hasn’t revealed any picture of its cabin, but during Auto Expo, Hyundai have shared some of its important features. Based on fashion inspired interior themes, the SUV’s cabin will be equipped with several high-tech features. The vehicle will get interchangeable audio, visual and navigation units. The list of features will include a push button start, automatic climate control, multi-functional steering wheel and rear AC vents. With respect to safety, the SUV will get multiple airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) and hill start assist. Read – Hyundai Kona Compact SUV India Launch Details

Hyundai Carlino Competition

Once launched, the Hyundai Carlino will compete with Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra TUV300 and Tata Nexon.

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Hyundai Carlino Preview
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Likely to be powered by a new 118bhp, 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the Hyundai Carlino will be the most powerful sub-4 metre SUV in India. Ditching Hyundai's Fluidic design philosophy, the compact SUV looks promising with its traditional SUV-like profile.



  1. Gohen Doke

    February 4, 2016 at 8:10 AMFeb

    What will be the expected ground clearance n height of the car?

    • Editorial Team

      June 11, 2016 at 8:10 PMJun

      Since the vehicle is in its concept stage only, it will be too early to comment on its specs or dimensions. However, we can expect it to have a ground clearance of around 190mm.

  2. Dr.M.P.Yashoda

    February 5, 2016 at 8:10 PMFeb

    I am so excited to know available colors of carlino Suv. Please let me know the on road price of higher end petrol model in Udupi, Karnataka

    • Editorial Team

      February 6, 2016 at 8:10 AMFeb


      Since it’s in early concept stage, it will not be launched before 2017. We’ll update you on its launch timeline, as soon as the company makes an official statement.

  3. Uttam Ghosh

    February 6, 2016 at 8:10 AMFeb

    Sir basically i always want a macho macular look 7 seated SUV and price below 10 lacks. I thought that its not so far to fullfilled my (our) dream.thanks.

  4. Sajjan Sawant

    May 1, 2016 at 8:10 AMMay

    Superb Model,awaiting,dont compromise on length,it shud be around have descent boot.If not will be a failure

  5. Sajjan Sawant

    May 1, 2016 at 8:10 AMMay

    Base Model shud start at 7 and top at 9lac.
    Colour shud be Silver,Mineral red..
    Shud be ready by 2017….

  6. Sajjan Sawant

    May 1, 2016 at 8:10 AMMay

    Back part shud be like Grandi10,i20 or ECO sport.

  7. JyotiDas

    June 15, 2016 at 8:10 PMJun

    Pls make ground clerance better, for Indian’s roods ,better headlights, horn, etc

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