We had heard rumors but now we have for the first time seen the Hyundai Rs 5 lakh SUV being tested out in public. So why is Hyundai working on a product that is small and carries the design language of a SUV? Is this a new car going to be a threat for local competition? Let’s find out.
Design and Platform
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The product we see here is the Hyundai AX1 (codename). It is a upcoming micro-SUV being tested in South Korea. The is based on the K1 platform that is currently being used on the Hyundai Santro. This product is going to be bigger than the Santro and at the same time be a bit more premium. From what we can see in these images, the car under heavy camouflage gives away some interesting cues. The front with the headlamps, bumper and bonnet structure, resemble the Hyundai Venue.
This micro-SUV also copies the compact-SUV at the side in terms of the C-pillar design, roof rails, silhouette and glass area. The door handles are placed on the C-pillar itself. We can also see low profile six-spoke wheels. Overall, this Hyundai Rs 5 lakh SUV looks like a smaller version of the Venue that is currently the smallest SUV sold by Hyundai in the Indian market.
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We also expect this car to come with a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a sportier 1.0-litre turbocharged motor for enthusiasts. We will get more on the specifications of this car in the future.
Will it come to India?
It makes sense for Hyundai to bring this to India. People in India love the SUV design language and there is already a market for cars that have a SUVish stance and look but are priced like hatchbacks. Cars like the KUV100, Maruti Ignis and the upcoming Tata HBX are aiming to make a dent in that segment only. If the Hyundai Rs 5 Lakh SUV comes to India we will see another segment below the most popular compact SUV segment blossoming in the future and attracting new buyers.