The SUV market has been growing rapidly in India. It has evolved into such a big market there are sub-segments viz. compact SUVs, mid-size SUVs, C-segment SUVs and full-size SUVs. Hyundai, which has established itself in the SUV market, is looking to add a product to another segment, the micro-SUV segment with its AX1, touted to be called Casper. This micro-SUV segment will cater to people looking for an SUV-like feel but want a smaller and more affordable car. In today’s article, we will look at this new Hyundai Rs 6 lakh car and discuss why you should wait till the festive season for it. Let’s go.
The Casper will follow Hyundai’s new quirky design language; main headlights taking a lower spot and eye-brow indicators/LED DRLs taking the higher spot. On the rear, the car will mostly get LED tail lamps with triangular patterns similar to the one that we get to see on the Alcazar. To maintain uniformity, Hyundai will place round tail lamps on the rear bumper. Apart from this, the Casper will have a tall boy design which will result in decent headroom inside the cabin.
Hyundai Casper is based on the brand’s K1 platform which also underpins the Santro and Grand i10 Nios. This car is expected to come powered by a 1.1-litre petrol engine, the same engine that powers the Hyundai Santro. The engine produces 68bhp and 99Nm of torque. Another engine could be the 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine that powers the Grand i10 Nios. This engine produces 82bhp and 114Nm of torque. Transmission options will probably include a five-speed manual and an AMT gearbox. Hyundai might also offer an iMT gearbox, given it brings a turbo-petrol option for this car. We are not sure if Hyundai would offer this car with a diesel engine, however, bringing one could prove to be a game-changer for the brand.
The Casper, like other Hyundai cars, will come loaded with features. An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple Carplay, keyless entry, cooled glovebox, premium sound system, connected car technology and reverse parking camera & sensors. Safety features will likely include dual airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control and ISOFIX.
Price and expected launch
This new Hyundai Rs 6 lakh car has been spotted testing in South Korea numerous times and it is expected to enter mass-market production from September in South Korea. This will most probably be followed by a launch here. We expect the Casper to make its way to India somewhere around the festive season. The Hyundai Casper is expected to start somewhere around Rs 6 lakh (on-road). It will compete with the new Maruti Celerio, Ignis and the upcoming Tata HBX.
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