Hyundai’s success in India is quite evident from the fact that it ranks at 2nd position in terms of total car market share in the country, right behind Maruti Suzuki. Indeed, the company has been pretty successful in launching vehicles that are capable of grabbing the attention of car enthusiasts. The current range of cars offered by the South Korean manufacturer includes Creta, i10, i20, Xcent, Verna, and their upcoming subcompact SUV Kona.
According to some speculations, the company is ready to add a new car model to its fleet, which is a compact SUV. The sources also revealed that the car will be made available to the Indian customers this year in the latter half of May. Moreover, the compact SUV can make its first official global appearance at the New York Auto Show, which will be held in April 2019.
Talking about the vehicle, its framework will be based on an all-new car platform by Hyundai. Subsequently, customers can expect a fresh look of the compact SUV, which will be quite different from its present SUV siblings. The official name of the vehicle is still in shadows; however, some rumors suggest that it will be named the ‘Hyundai Styx’.
In the Indian market, the Styx will compete with major compact SUV models including Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, and Tata Nexon. Additionally, the vehicle can also put a major challenge to Mahindra’s upcoming XUV300. Furthermore, the vehicle’s price may fall in the range of INR 8-12 lakhs, making it cheaper than the current Creta SUV model.
The HND-14 Carolina concept was showcased by Hyundai at 2016 Delhi Auto Expo and the Styx probably will utilize this concept in its design. Some spy pictures have already surfaced over the internet, which suggests that front profile of the vehicle will come with the Hyundai’s signature cascading grille. Furthermore, a powerful set of projector headlamps with DRLs will act as means for providing illumination.
Shedding more light on the design of the new SUV, the side profile will share its design elements from the Creta and Grand i10. To be specific, the Styx’s raised beltline at the side-rear section comes from the Grand i10 while the C-pillar and roofline elements are derived from the Creta model. All in all, it is quite clear that the Korean automaker wants its all-new compact SUV to leave a significant impression among the Indian customers.
Coming to the powertrain of the vehicle, the Indian variant may come with two distinct engine options. The first one is a 1.0-Liter 3-cylinder engine that uses petrol as its fuel whereas, the other is a 1.5-Liter 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine. The power figure offered by the petrol engine will be close to 118 bhp along with a torque delivery of 171 Nm. On the other hand, the power and torque produced by the turbocharged diesel engine are expected to be 115 bhp and 250 Nm respectively.
There is no doubt that Hyundai is looking to secure more market shares and that is why the company is also speculated to introduce the 1.2-Liter Kappa engine in the Styx. The Kappa engine will be a BS-6 ready engine and may prove as an upper hand for the company. Additionally, the Indian variant of the Hyundai Styx may feature the company’s latest ‘SmartAuto’ automatic transmission technology.
Considering the success of the Hyundai Creta, the Styx may become a new benchmark in its segment. The car boasts some of the Hyundai’s signature elements in its design along with many advanced features to enhance the experience of the customers. However, people might have to wait a little more to get the official launch date and specifications of the all-new Hyundai Styx compact SUV.