Hyundai’s Rs 4 Lakh Micro-SUV: This Is How Hyundai’s Cheapest SUV Can Look Like!
The upcoming Hyundai AX1 micro-SUV will enter the production phase from September, taking its possible launch time frame to the year-end.
Production will take place in GGM’s production line. The plant is the result of a joint venture between the Gwangju (a city in South Korea) local government and Hyundai.
Presently, the only micro-SUV offerings in India comprise the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and Mahindra KUV100 NXT.
There have been multiple sightings of the AX1 as it was tested on roads.
Based on captured shots, the car looks to bear resemblance to the Venue considering its side profile.
The side profile comprises squared wheel arches with black plastic cladding and rectangular wing mirrors.
It gets body-painted B-pillars and pillar-mounted rear door handles.
Lending to its rugged appeal is the black cladding running across its length.
It has a vertically-split setup for the headlamps on the front with LED DRLs under the bonnet which function as turn indicators.
The headlamps are circular shaped and the grille features a mesh theme along with oval-shaped air intakes used around the chin.
Overall, the car sports a boxy design with a tall-boy appeal which ensures plenty of headroom.
Coming to the rear, the car gets a split-tail lamp, the upper part of which will be the main brake lights.
Other features include a high-mounted stop lamp, shark fin antenna and a rear wiper with a washer.
Coming to its engine, it will have 2 options-1.2L naturally aspirated petrol and 1.0L Turbo-petrol with power outputs of 83 PS and 100 PS, respectively.
The former will likely be cheaper than the latter.
Transmissions on offer include 5-speed MT, 6-speed iMT, and CVT.
Electric Version In India?
An electric version could also enter the Indian market which will sport the BorgWarner integrated drive module (iDM).
The module includes an electric motor, a gearbox and power electronics in a modular unit.
The unit operates at 400 volts and has a peak power of 135kW or 184PS.
Upon launch, it will rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Mahindra KUV100 NXT and the upcoming Tata HBX.