Korean automaker, Hyundai has officially confirmed that it will launch 8 new cars in the Indian market by 2020. The first model to go on sale in India is the next-generation Santro – codenamed AH2 – during festive season, Diwali. Besides this, Hyundai will enter into the sub-4 meter space with the Carlino based compact SUV. Codenamed QXI, the compact SUV is reportedly to be launched in April 2019. This sub-4 meter SUV will rival the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport.
Hyundai has already started testing the SUV on foreign soil, which reveals the possible design language. If media reports are to be believed, the new Carlino based compact SUV will also mark the debut of Hyundai’s new BSVI compliant turbo petrol engine. It will be powered by a new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that churns out a maximum power output of 118bhp at 6,000rpm and a peak torque of 171Nm between 1,500 – 4,000rpm. Power will be transmitted to the front wheels via a 6-speed gearbox.
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The company could also launch the diesel version of the Carlino, which is expected to receive a 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine. This engine produces 89bhp of power and 220Nm of torque. The small SUV will be based on the i20 platform and is expected to be pricier than its immediate rival. Also See – Upcoming Hyundai Cars In India
Going by the spied images, it is visible that the SUV continues with a rugged boxy styling. The vehicle gets a rectangular grille instead of the cascading grille which we have already seen on modern Hyundai cars. Other design highlights include vertically stacked headlamp with LED daytime running lights and turn indicators on the top. Inside the cabin, the SUV is expected to feature dual-tone scheme. The interior is likely to share components and features from the Grand i10 and Creta. It will also get a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.