Hyundai has set its sights on launching a new micro SUV Hyundai Exter, following the successful launch of the 6th Gen Verna in India. The prototype of this model has been spied on test in South Korean markets and in India, albeit under heavy camouflage. This micro SUV, codenamed Ai3, is set to enter production by July-September 2023, with sales to commence from the upcoming festive season.
Hyundai EXTER: Smallest Hyundai SUV in India
The EXTER will be positioned in India between the Grand i10 and Venue in the company lineup. It will measure around 3.8 meters in length, making it the smallest Hyundai SUV on sale in India, but bigger than the Hyundai Casper sold in South Korean markets.
Design Features of the Hyundai EXTER
The new Hyundai EXTER SUV will borrow some designs from the Venue SUV. It will sport the Hyundai parametric front grille, split headlamps and LED DRLs in an ‘H’ pattern. It will have strong character lines on its bonnet, 15 inch dual-tone alloy wheels, angular tail lamps, scuff plates, and a sunroof.
Interior Features of the Hyundai EXTER
The interiors of the EXTER SUV could be similar to that seen on the Hyundai i10 NIOS hatchback, with some segment first features. It will have an electric single pane sunroof, connected car technology with wireless charger, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and digital instrument cluster. The features will also include ventilated seats, wireless charging, cruise control, and safety via six airbags.
Powertrain Specifications of the Hyundai EXTER
Hyundai’s upcoming EXTER SUV will borrow its engine lineup from the Venue, Grand i10, and Aura. It will be powered by a 1.2 liter VTVT NA petrol engine producing 82 hp power and 115 Nm torque, mated to a 5 speed manual or AMT. Top-spec variants could draw power via a 1.0 liter turbo-petrol unit making 99 bhp and 172 Nm. There could also be a CNG option. However, there will not be any diesel engine.
Price and Competitors of the Hyundai EXTER
Hyundai EXTER prices could be in the range of Rs 6-11 lakh (ex-showroom). Upon launch, it will compete with Tata Punch, Maruti Suzuki Ignis, and Citroen C3. Hyundai’s micro SUV could also take on compact SUVs such as Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger.
Hyundai EXTER: A Smart Mobility Solution
Hyundai EXTER UV (small hatch crossover) is designed to ignite the passion for adventure in young, tech-savvy customers. With a focus on outdoor, travel, and urban lifestyles, this smart mobility solution caters to the needs of Gen Z, who value experiences and want to explore the world around them.
As the eighth model in Hyundai’s SUV lineup, which includes the Venue, Creta, and Tucson, EXTER reflects the brand’s commitment to innovation and delivering vehicles that offer practicality, style, and performance for all. Speaking on the announcement, Mr. Tarun Garg, COO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd., said, “We are proud to announce the name of our new SUV – Hyundai EXTER that exemplifies the pulse of Gen Z buyers while empowering them with a smart mobility solution to fuel their wanderlust. Hyundai EXTER is the 8th model in our line up with a SUV body style and we are confident that this new member to our family will provide further fillip to our growth in SUV sales.
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