Hyundai India to launch a new 7 seater MPV by 2016, will rival Maruti Ertiga, Renault Lodgy

Following launch of Hyundai ix25 compact crossover and Elite i20 Cross hatchback-turned-SUV in second half of 2015, the South Korean automaker will commence sales of new MPV in India likely in early 2016.

Hyundai Hexa Space concept MPV 01 three quarters
Hyundai’s new MPV in India will be pitted against Maruti Ertiga, Honda Mobilio, upcoming Renault Lodgy, Toyota Innova and the like, while Datsun Go+ MPV would be left out of the crosshairs due to price and positioning difference.

Hyundai has revealed that Rs. 1,000 crore is committed to developing the ix25 based crossover and another Rs. 500 crores for Elite i20 Cross. No information about the MPV for 2016 is outed yet. In all possibility, it could be the production version of Hexa Space concept (codenamed HND-7) unveiled at 2012 Delhi Auto Expo.

During the Expo, Arvind Saxena, then-director of sales and marketing of Hyundai Motor India, mentioned that production version of Hexa Space concept will take three to four years. By that time frame, likelihood of the upcoming MPV (in 2016) to be based on the Hexa Space concept is high.

Hyundai Hexa Space concept is an eight seater MPV targeted at growing urban class. It carries the company’s characteristic ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design language and features well crafted elements to match the current trend.

The MPV concept had a unique seating arrangement with three seats on front and mid rows, and two on the last. It offers multiple configurations of seating – centre seat fold flat for increased space and comfort, entire second row folds flat for limousine kind of environment and last row folds flat for larger bootspace.

Hyundai’s upcoming MPV is expected to be positioned as a premium product with starting price of over Rs. 6.5 lakhs, and have keen eyes on Honda Mobilio and Toyota Innova.