Hyundai is currently testing their new hatchback on roads across India. Yes, this is the same car which was till date featured as the new i10 in our previous posts. But it will not be launched as i10. In fact, the new Hyundai hatchback, which is yet to receive a name, will be placed in a segment between the existing i10 and i20.
In a chat with TOI, Hyundai India’s CEO & MD Bo Shin Seo, says that the new car will feature their all new 1.1L diesel engine. “We have invested $300 million in a new dieselgasoline flexible plant which has a 3,00,000-unit capacity. The flexi assembly line future-proofs us from any changes in the government’s fuel policy, while at the same time it protects us from currency fluctuation since we no longer import diesel engines.”
Hyundai will also launch a new MPV which will compete in the segment where Maruti Suzuki Eritga plies. This new MPV will also feature a diesel engine. Hyundai says, that their future plans for India are focused on diesel technology. Of the total cars sold by Hyundai India in 2012, 28% were diesel powered, and seeing the trend, this number is set to increase in the coming years. Image here is credit to MotorVikatan.