At the 2016 Auto Expo last month, Hyundai India showcased a concept compact SUV called Carlino. Codenamed HND14, new Hyundai Carlino is a sub 4 meter SUV which is expected to be launched in India in Q4 2017.
Hyundai Carlino concept which was showcased back at the Expo featured swept-back angular headlamps with LEDs, large front grille, boxy design with muscular wheel arches and large alloys wrapped in off-road tyres.
The production-spec variant of Carlino will be a more toned-down variant. We expect it to get a design inspired from the hugely successful Creta, currently on sale in India. In the render above, rendering artist Pratyush Rout has given the Carlino projector headlamps, LED DRLs, fog lights, black grille, stylish alloys, aluminium skid plates, electric ORVM with turn indicators, and a plastic cladding surrounding the lower part of the exteriors.
To be positioned below Creta SUV and above the Elite i20 in the company line-up, Hyundai Carlino will be offered in a choice of petrol and diesel engine options, probably the same one’s which are on offer the current Elite i20. These will be in the form of 1.2 liter Kappa2 petrol and a 1.4-liter diesel generating 90 PS and 220 Nm torque.
Once launched, Hyundai Carlino will take on the likes of Ford EcoSPort, Mahindra TUV300, recently launched Maruti Vitara Brezza and upcoming Tata Nexon.
Compact SUVs are gaining in popularity among new-generation of first-time car buyers. Talking about the new Vitara Brezza, it has already received 2,600 bookings with 24 hours of bookings opening. Maruti is aiming to produce 1 lakh units of Brezza in the first year, and eating into 50% of the segment share.