According to Autocar India, on the side lines of Hyundai Creta‘s launch, the automaker has confirmed that a compact MPV (codename IP) is currently in the works. The company first revealed its intention of developing an India-friendly people carrier at the 2012 Auto Expo where it showcased Hexa concept (HND-7).
Early test mules such as the one seen here were spotted shortly after the concept’s world premiere. It’s reported that the MPV in question will be based on a cost effective version of Creta’s platform with several components derived from various compact Hyundais including Grand i10.
With dimensions in the ball park of its primary rivals Maruti Ertiga and Honda Mobilio, the 7-seater would prioritize aesthetics, equipment and space. The existing 1.4-litre petrol and diesel engines are the viable powertrain candidates. Hyundai may also introduce an automatic transmission to gain the first mover advantage like it did with Creta.
While Hyundai MPV is expected to be ready sometime in the later part of 2016, the automaker is also reportedly contemplating the idea of a sub-4m compact crossover to rival the Ford EcoSport. Such a product could share its underpinnings with the MPV and derive engines from Elite i20. Premium positioning of Creta also means that there is ample room for a smaller crossover in the portfolio.
Via – AutocarIndia.com