Hyundai Exter will be available in an expansive range and it will be powered by a 1.2L NA petrol engine with CNG option
Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) will introduce the Exter on July 10, 2023 in the domestic market and it will become the most affordable SUV from the brand as it will be positioned below the Venue compact SUV. The Hyundai Exter will compete in a segment that hasn’t been crowded yet and it will have all the bells and whistles to be a success on paper.
The five-seater is based on the proven platform used in the Grand i10 Nios compact hatchback and Aura compact sedan while the mechanical bits and the powertrain lineup are all the more familiar. The 1.2L NA three-cylinder petrol engine found in the i10, i20, Venue, Aura and Sonet will be employed in the Exter and it will develop 84 PS and 113 Nm.
The powertrain will be linked with a five-speed manual transmission as standard while a five-speed AMT will be an option. More importantly, the second largest car producer in the country will offer the factory-fitted CNG version right from the launch (69 PS and 95.2 Nm) and it will adhere to the needs of customers wanting to have a budget SUV with good fuel efficiency.
The Hyundai Exter will be available in an expansive range across variants namely EX, S, SX, SX (O) and SX(O) Connect. Moreover, there will be nine paint schemes on offer: Atlas White, Cosmic Blue, Fiery Red, Starry Night, Titan Grey, Ranger Khaki, Atlas White with Abyss Black, Cosmic Blue with Abyss Black, and Ranger Khakhi with Abyss Black.
The Exter will also be practical with a large bootspace capacity and is claimed to have the best-in-segment interior room with a wheelbase length of 2,450 mm. The micro SUV will take on the segment leader Tata Punch directly and thus it will have a packed features list with six airbags presented right from the entry-level variant.
It will become the first micro SUV in India to come with six airbags as standard fitment while as many as 26 safety features will be available across the range barring the base E and S trims and they can be optioned out too if required. It will get first-in-segment ESC (Electronic Stability Control), dashcam with dual camera and burglar alarm.
Other highlights will include VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), HAC (Hill Assist Control), three-point seatbelts and seatbelt reminder on all seats, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) (Highline), ISOFIX, headlamp escort function, rear parking camera, auto headlamps, rear defogger, and so on.
Besides the appealing exterior, the cabin will be loaded with features such as an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, support for 10 regional and 2 international languages, a wireless smartphone charger, Type-C charging socket, an electric sunroof, cruise control, a 4.2-inch digital instrument console and more.