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 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.
Hexa Space, codenamed HND-7, carries Hyundai’s characteristic “Fluidic Sculpture” design language, including the bold character lines on the side panels. Inside, Hexa Space incorporates other elements of family design, such as Hyundai’s distinctive hexagonal grille, which is applied to the seat designs. The vehicle features eight slim, hexagonally shaped seats that fit together like puzzle pieces, maximizing internal space while minimizing vehicle width. From honeycombs to architecture, the hexagon is known as an optimum shape for space efficiency.
Hexa Space is targeted at young urban families in their 30 s and 40 s; customers who live a practical and demanding lifestyle in the bustling and exciting cities of the world’s emerging economies. These customers need their vehicles to serve many roles and Hexa Space satisfies those needs with its unique seat design.
Externally, Hexa Space is 4,300 mm long, 1,820 mm wide and 1,647 mm high, giving it substantial headroom. The wheelbase is 2,750 mm and runs on 19-inch tires. Hexa Space is powered by Hyundai’s Kappa 1.2-liter turbo GDi engine, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The seats offer multiple configurations for seating – center seats fold flat for greater comfort, the second row folds flat to create a limousine function, the back row folds flat for light-cargo use. In addition, seven seats fold flat for heavy hauling and all eight fold flat for camping. The center seat in the first two rows of Hexa Space is positioned slightly behind the seats on either side, allowing passengers to sit three-abreast without feeling cramped.
Getting in and out of Hexa Space is easy, thanks to its innovative door design. The rear doors lift out and slide back, creating wide-open entry on each side. Hexa Space’s interior is completed with high-tech features, including a touch-screen center console, a push-button shifter and a cluster ionizer air purifier. Several storage spaces are tucked throughout the interior. Despite the roomy interior,
Hexa Space maintains a narrow overall width, key for maneuvering the crowded urban streets of India and the world’s emerging nations. Hexa Space shares a platform with Hyundai’s compact ix20 and is only slightly wider.