Hyundai is seen as consistent at maintaining the second spot in the Indian car market. The major competition which it is receiving is from our homegrown Tata who always tries to take the Korean’s position. Moreover, the former has managed to do so during some handful of months. This enthusiasm has led Hyundai to bring in some more products targeting the most lucrative segment. What is Hyundai’s plan? It is planning to bring its most affordable SUV which is set to rival the Tata Punch. A new micro SUV from Hyundai? Let’s know about it in detail.
Hyundai affordable SUV – Ai3
Hyundai is planning on its most affordable SUV in India. This will most likely sit below the Venue, which is the current entry-level SUV from Hyundai. Talking about this new SUV is touted to be based on the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios platform. Moreover, it is also expected to adopt more similarities with the Nios. What else does it get? Let’s discuss.
It is known that the Ai3 is underpinned by Hyundai’s BA platform which is used in the Grand i10 Nios. So, the dimensions of this car are likely to be in the same category. However, as this is set to lay in the SUV category, we can expect some mountings. Other SUV perks like higher ground clearance, body cladding, roof rails, and tough and bold design could be in tandem with the Tata Punch.
Hyundai affordable SUV – Features
If we talk about the features, Hyundai is known to offer plenty of them. Then if we talk about its positioning, many buyers who were in for a hatchback are likely to choose this due to its SUV perks. So, it has to stay potent on the feature front as well. We can expect equipment like automatic AC, semi-digital instrument cluster, cooled glove box, electric ORVMs and more.
The new Ai3 will most probably get two petrol engine options. The availability of diesel engines in small-segment cars is getting equal to nil due to the upcoming Phase 2 norms. So, just like the Grand i10 Nios, it could get 1.2-litre petrol (82bhp and 114Nm of torque) and 1.0-litre turbo petrol (99bhp and 172Nm of torque) engine options. Gearbox options are also touted to be identical at 5-speed manual and AMT.
Hyundai affordable SUV – Price and Launch
Hyundai is set to place this SUV below the Venue. This makes it even more accessible than the latter. Considering this factor, it could start around Rs 8 lakh (on-road). What about the launch? The Ai3 could witness a launch in 2023 and will target the Tata Punch. What would you choose? Punch or this new Hyundai SUV?
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