Confirmed! Hyundai’s Rs 5 Lakh Mini-SUV Is Named Casper: Launch Date, Features & More
Hyundai has been testing a small SUV in the brand’s home country of South Korea for several months. The vehicle will be positioned below the top-selling Venue compact SUV and will make its global debut later this year.
Hyundai Casper- Launch Date In India
A global unveil is expected by September, and India is expected to be one of the next markets where the new Casper SUV would be launched.
A split headlamp cluster with round-shaped LED DRLs, clamshell-shaped bonnet, eyebrow-like LED turn indicators, rectangular-shaped ORVMs, sporty alloy wheel design, the pillar-mounted rear door handles, shark fin antenna, grey roof rails, unique bumper-fitted lighting unit, high-mounted stop lamp, and other features can be found on the front fascia.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that the Hyundai Casper will be 3,595mm long, 1,595mm wide and 1,575mm high.
This means Hyundai’s smallest SUV will be slightly shorter and narrower but taller than its smallest offering, the Santro hatchback, which measures 3,610mm long, 1,645mm wide and 1,560mm high.
Internally said to be codenamed AX1, the five-seater will likely sit above the Santro in the company’s domestic portfolio.
The top-spec variants could be equipped with a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a steering wheel with mounted controls, a semi-digital instrument cluster, etc.
It is expected to be priced aggressively and going by Hyundai’s standards, it could feature a packed equipment list.
The Casper will most likely come with the same 1.2-litre, four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine as in the Grand i10 Nios (where it produces 83hp and 114Nm).
The Korean carmaker could also offer lower variants of the micro-SUV with the Santro’s 1.1-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine, to keep its costs down.
Rivals In India
The Hyundai Casper’s most direct rival will be the upcoming Tata HBX micro-SUV. Additionally, it will also see competition from some of the other high-riding hatchbacks like the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the Mahindra KUV100, to name a few.