Hyundai India is working on the launch of a new 7 seater MPV, which is expected to launch by 2021
India’s 2nd largest car maker, Hyundai is not present in the 7 seater MPV segment. A segment, which is currently dominated by India’s No 1 car maker, and Hyundai’s biggest rival, Maruti Suzuki. Thanks to the new Ertiga, Maruti has been registering sales of about 8-10k a month in the MPV segment. Maruti MPV segment sales were boosted when the company launched a premium derivative of Ertiga, the XL6.
Watching these developments unfold from the sideline, Hyundai has been gradually working towards launching their very own 7 seater MPV. The same was spied earlier this year in China, but exteriors was completely camouflaged. Now, the new Hyundai MPV has been spied in South Korea, with relatively lesser camouflage – revealing more details.
In the front, the MPV features modern Hyundai design language, which sees the presence of headlights next to the grille, while next to the bonnet lip on each side, is the presence of LED DRL. This design / styling setup of featuring the headlight and the LED DRL, has been seen in many new cars these days – MG Hector, Tata Harrier, etc.
Spy shots of the side profile of the new Hyundai MPV reveals that it has a large windows, sleep ORVMs, dual tone alloys, etc. Rear of this MPV is still not clearly visible. To give the MPV a sporty stance, there is a sloping roof, with extended spoiler. Where the door shoulder line meets the rear, is where the vertical LED tail lights are placed. Just above the number plate, there seems to be a thick slat in piano black finish, probably where the name of the car will be mentioned, like Hyundai has done with Palisade or the Creta.
Interiors have not been spied this time. But thanks to earlier spy shots, we know that the MPV has premium interiors, mostly borrowed from the Creta. It is possible that the MPV shares a lot of parts with Creta, to keep production costs in check .
Expect interiors to offer all the bells an whistles – from multiple airbags to state of the art infotainment system, ventilated seats, good space, air vents for all rows, cup holders for all passengers, mobile phone charging point in all rows, sunroof, etc.
Speaking about engine options, it will most likely be the same options which Hyundai is offering with the Creta. These are 1.5 liter petrol and 1.5 liter diesel. Transmission options will include 6 speed MT as well as automatic. Expect prices to be competitive with Ertiga, in the Rs 7.6 lakhs to Rs 12 lakhs range
This is not Hyundai’s first attempt at entering the MPV space in India. Back at the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi, Hyundai showcased Hexa Space MPV. This was a concept 7 seater MPV, which was expected to launch in 2013/14. The MPV was even spied testing on Indian roads in production ready guise. But, due to shift in buyer preference, and low demand for 7 seater MPV at that time, Hyundai decided to cancel the project. A few years later, new gen Ertiga arrives, and shows the true potential of the 7 seater MPV space.