Hyundai Motors India Limited plans to enter the compact SUV space with the a new SUV known as QXi, as it is codenamed as on date. Hyundai has not revealed the name of this upcoming SUV, and as per rumours it could either be called Carlino or Styx.
It boasts of a rectangular front grille, vertically stacked headlamps, LED DRLs on top of the headlamp, turn indicators integrated into LED DRL – a feature which is seen in expensive cars like Audi, will appeal to buyers in the country.
Overall, it looks like a baby Creta, but with a modern day Hyundai design language. Other highlights noticeable from the latest spy shots are machine cut 17 inch alloys, body claddings on all sides, blackened A, B and C pillars, roof rails, etc. It is not clear if the Hyundai compact SUV will get sunroof or not.
Interiors could feature a dual tone colour scheme; with other design elements borrowed from the Hyundai Creta and Grand i10. There might also be a lot of part sharing, to keep costs low. Also on offer will be touchscreen infotainment system which is compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Highlights also include steering mounted control, start/stop button, height adjustable driver seat, etc.
Hyundai QXi will be offered in a choice of petrol and diesel engine options whose power output will be in the range of 100 hp. Diesel option will be same as i20, which is 1.4 liter CRDi unit generating 89 hp and 220 Nm. Petrol unit is expected to be new, something which will be on offer for the first time in India. Both automatic as well as manual transmission options will be on offer.
Hyundai QXi mini SUV will make its global debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show in early April following which it will go on sale in India. Prices are slated between Rs.7-11 lakhs, ex-sh. It will be positioned below the Hyundai Creta in the company lineup. It will find itself facing competition with the Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, Maruti Brezza and the new Mahindra XUV300.