Hyundai has been a popular carmaker in the country. However, in recent times, the brand has started to lose its grip in terms of sales. Hyundai lost its second spot (monthly sales) to Tata Motors, twice in a span of 6 months. Now, to re-establish their stance in the market, the brand is planning to go aggressive. Hyundai has many launches planned for the upcoming months. In this article, we are discussing 5 cars Hyundai plans to launch in India. What segments will they target and what will they have on offer? Everything here.
Hyundai Venue Facelift
Hyundai Venue is already a feature-rich compact SUV in its segment. However, the rivals did gain the extra edge over time since Hyundai did not update the Venue aggressively. Finally, Hyundai has unveiled the Venue facelift with launch set for 16th June. With this facelift, Hyundai has added Alexa & Google Assistant support, 60+ Blue Link connected features, two-step rear reclining seat drive modes, and soothing acoustic sounds. This time around, a Hyundai Venue N Line is also in the pipeline.
New-generation Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai will be launching the new-generation Tucson in India this year. They have already showcased the upcoming Tucson on their website. The Indian market will might be getting the long wheelbase variant which Hyundai sells in the US market. It is expected to get features like a panoramic sunroof, Blue Link connected car technology, level-2 ADAS, a premium music system, and much more.
Hyundai India plan – Hyundai Ioniq 5
Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a premium electric SUV from the brand. This EV has also been listed on Hyundai’s website. This EV definitely looks striking and futuristic. It is on sale overseas and we will see it in India this year. This car will get features like premium upholstery, premium sound system, two big 12.25-inch displays, connected car technology, ADAS level two, and a lot more. It would be the most costly Hyundai car with an expected price between Rs 50 lakhs to Rs 60 lakhs (ex-showroom). This car comes based on the same platform as the recently-launched Kia EV6. However, the Kia EV6 has entered India as a CBU whereas the Ioniq 5 will enter India as CKD. This will be a major differentiating factor for Hyundai since with the CKD route, the brand would be able to position this car cheaper when compared to the Kia EV6.
Hyundai Ai3 will be a micro-SUV that would be a competition for Tata Punch. In the market, Tata Punch currently stands alone. The sales of the Punch attracted many car-makers along with the Hyundai. The Ai3 is the codename for Hyundai’s micro-SUV. It will be a feature-rich SUV and is expected to share its engine, frame, and many features with its sibling hatchback, the Grand i10 Nios. We expect that Hyundai might keep starting price somewhere around from Rs 6 lakhs (ex-showroom).
Hyundai India plan – Hyundai Creta Facelift
Hyundai Creta facelift would be a stealer product. The facelift is inspired by the new-generation of Tucson which will give the Creta a fresh appeal. The interior too is expected to receive some minor updates as well. The highlighted points are expected to be ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist System), a fully digital instrument cluster, multi-colour ambient lighting, etc. Hyundai is also expected to add six airbags to the Creta since the facelift is expected to hit sometime next year and by then, the six airbag rule would have come into action.
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