-Hyundai working on a new micro SUV for India
हुंडई has been testing a new micro SUV codenamed AX1 concept in its home country. Reports suggest that the car will be based on the smaller K1 platform underpinning the सैंट्रो and the upcoming model will be positioned below the company’s compact B-Segment SUV – the वेन्यू.
The model seen in the spy pictures can be seen disguised under a large bulky camouflage. The overall dimension of the prototype poses an upright SUV-ish type stance, tall-boy design with bumper-mounted headlamps and big mesh-shaped centre grille as seen on the Venue. On the side, is the straight roofline with C-pillar mounted door handles and six-spoke alloy wheels. The rear does not give out any design details due to the large sheet covering but there is a bumper-mounted number plate slot with square-shaped rear defoggers.
Now, if the prototype makes it to Indian shores, where exactly will the car fit in? Hyundai already has a strong presence in the affordable range category with the Santro, औरा, ग्रैंड आई10 निओस and the second generation ग्रैंड आई10 in the compact hatchback range. With the addition of this मिनी SUV, Hyundai could be attempting to explore the newly populated micro SUV segment which is currently occupied by the मारुति सुजुकी एस-प्रेसो, महिंद्रा केयूवी100, इग्निस and the upcoming Tata Hornbill (codenamed एचबीएक्स concept).
The AX concept if launched in India could be priced between the Rs 4 to 6 lakh price bracket and we can expect Hyundai to reveal it at the next Auto Expo. There are no details with respect to the expected powertrain options on the car but we can expect it to come powered by small displacement engines with manual and automatic transmission. lt will be an interesting inclusion in the South Korean car manufacturer’s already populous vehicle portfolio for India.