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New Hyundai Santro based small SUV in the making for India – Launch by 2020

Hyundai India is on track to launch 8 new products by 2020. For this, the company has also announced added investments. The company aims to become the largest car maker in India by 2020. In order to do so, they will be launching many new cars in India in the coming years. One of this upcoming car could be a small SUV, even smaller than 4 meter like Tata Nexon and Maruti Brezza.

As per a new report, the firm’s CEO Y.K.Koo stated that they may be enough room for a micro-SUV below the Carlino concept-based sub-4 crossover (codenamed QXI). Such a product would give Hyundai India a comprehensive lineup of SUVs all the way up to Tucson.

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The South Korean automaker is currently in the process of exploring the market and surveying potential customers for the micro-SUV but nothing has been finalized yet. Even if the model in question gets the approval for production, it’s not likely to see the light of day before 2020.

A micro-SUV which has Renault Kwid and Maruti’s upcoming Y1K (codename) in its cross-hairs would need a massive production capacity. It’s to be noted that Hyundai India’s Chennai plant is already running on full steam and there is no expansion plan before 2020.

Digital render of new Hyundai compact SUV Carlino.

We think that a Hyundai micro-SUV in the mass market segment would be a very attractive proposition given the popularity of the brand’s other SUVs. However, it’s still in the ideation stage and it will take atleast 3-4 years for the project to attain fruition (if it gets the green signal at first place).

Hyundai India is currently busy preparing to launch the next generation Santro in the coming months. It is on this Santro’s platform, the new compact SUV of Hyundai will be based. It could be powered by the same 1.1 liter petrol engine, which will be seen on the upcoming Santro in India.

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