Hyundai developing compact SUV

Autocar India
First Published: 18:04 IST(2/9/2013)
Last Updated: 17:36 IST(20/9/2013)
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We first broke the news that Hyundai is developing a compact SUV to take on the likes of the successful Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster, as part of its new model offensive, in our 14th anniversary issue in September 2013. 

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Now, we’ve got further details on the carmaker’s plans. Due in 2015, this compact SUV will be built on a unique platform (codenamed GC) and tailor-made for the Indian market – just like the Eon.
 
Additionally, it is also likely to carry an Indian name, a first for Hyundai.
 
The new SUV is likely to have a seven-seat configuration but packaging constraints may limit Hyundai to making it a five-seater instead. It is likely to be powered by the Verna’s 1.6-litre diesel engine but Hyundai may develop a new 1.5-litre diesel engine to avoid the Rs. 15,000 tax applicable on engines larger than 1.5-litre. 
 
In terms of styling, it is expected to be toned down and more practical rather than sport an aggressive design. Also, this offering is not likely to be a sub four-metre one. Hyundai is looking to price this new car competitively at under Rs. 10 lakh.
 
With this new compact SUV, the manufacturer will gain entry into a sizeable market of about 11,000 units a month that is currently dominated by the Ford EcoSport which sells around 4,400 units per month. 

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