According to PowerDrift, an automotive YouTube channel, the Hyundai Casper is not coming to India if rumors are to be believed.
The micro-SUV is apparently tailored to the South Korean market.
Tailor Made For South Korea
The Casper is specifically designed to meet Korean regulations for “light cars” or Gyeongcha.
This is similar to the Indian sub-4 metre regulations.
The Korean standards require ‘light cars’ to measure under 3.6m length or 3600 mm.
This offers buyers a lower tax bracket.
Too Small For India?
Despite its reveal in India and positioning as an entry-level SUV, Hyundai is making a U-Turn since it feels the car isn’t a fit for the Indian market.
This is because of its ultra-compact size which makes it shorter than Hyundai’s smallest offering in India- the Santro.
It was set to rival the Tata Punch, Tata Motors’ first ever micro-SUV.
It is 3,595 mm in length, 1,595 mm in width and 1,575 mm in height.
It is based on the K1 compact car platform that also underpins the Hyundai Santro and Grand i10 Nios.
This makes it shorter and slimmer than those hatchbacks but has a height advantage with a 2,400 mm wheelbase.
Not much has been revealed about features in the cabin, but one can surmise through some photos that it will have a free-standing touchscreen infotainment system.
It is also going to be one of the smallest passenger vehicles with a standard-size sunroof.
The cabin will be a tight squeeze, with enough room for just 4 people.
The Casper comes with two petrol engine options.
One is a 1.0-litre naturally-aspirated engine producing 85 BHP.
The other is a more powerful 1.0-litre turbo-petrol unit churning out 99 BHP.
It comes with both manual and automatic transmission options.
Had it come to India (contradicting the rumors), the Casper would have competed against, aside from Tata Punch, the Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the Mahindra KUV100.
Its pricing was being speculated to be in the range of Rs 5 – 7.5 lakh.