The first launch of Hyundai in 2019 will be its new compact SUV followed by four new models
2019 is going to be an important year for Hyundai as the company is planning to launch five new cars in India as they want to improve sales and market share. The launch season is starting with the brand’s first compact SUV, which is codenamed as QXi followed by Kona EV, Elantra Facelift, Tucson Facelift and the new generation of Grand i10.
1. Hyundai QXi
Hyundai is currently testing the compact SUV across different parts of the country and it is codenamed as QXi. The new model takes inspirations from the Carlino concept as the front get signature grille of Hyundai along with new set of projector headlamps and new bumper while the side gets machine cut alloy wheels and the company will give LED tail lamps for the rear.
The interior is expected to get a new design theme and the compact SUV will be packed with lots of features like touchscreen infotainment system, climate control, cruise control, rear AC vents and more. The QXi will be powered by both petrol and diesel engines, mated to manual and automatic transmission. The launch will happen in the first half of 2019.
2. Hyundai Kona EV
The Kona will be the first electric vehicle of Hyundai to be launched in India and it was showcased at 2018 MOVE Summit in Delhi earlier this year. The SUV will come to India via CKD route and it is expected to be priced around Rs. 25 lakh. The FAME-II scheme will help customers to get some benefits.
Hyundai might introduce the powerful 64 kWh battery pack, which comes with 201 bhp of power and 395 Nm of torque, the claimed range is 390 km. The Kona EV also get fast charging as the battery can be topped up to 80 per cent in just 54 minutes and using a normal charger will take 9 hrs and 40 minutes.
3. Hyundai Elantra Facelift
The Elantra was facing stiff competition from its rivals and the company introduced a major update for the sedan. The grille is wider and a new design along with redesigned headlamps and a new bumper. The side design has been retained from the current model and the rear get new LED tail lamps along with an updated bumper.
The interior also gets a major revamp as the instrument cluster is new and the company has given an updated touchscreen infotainment system on the centre console. The Elantra is loaded with lots of features and the engine lineup for India is expected to be carried over with same petrol and diesel engines. The launch is expected to take place by the middle of next year.
4. Hyundai Tucson Facelift
Hyundai introduced a mid-life update for Tucson earlier this year and it comes with a new set of headlamps along with an updated grille. The side gets new alloy wheels while the rear gets tweaked tail lamps and a new bumper. The company hasn’t made any changes to the dimensions and mechanical parts compared to the current model.
The Tucson comes with an updated design for the dashboard as the infotainment system is placed on top of the dashboard and the SUV comes with a revised meter console along with better quality also. The engine will be the same 2.0 L units currently on sale with manual and transmission. The updated Tucson will be launched by the end of 2019.
5. Hyundai Grand i10
The company has commenced the work on new generation Grand i10 and it will get an evolutionary design theme as the front get new signature grille of Hyundai along with new projector headlamps and the bumper will also get a new design. The alloy wheels will get a new design but the size is expected to remain the same.
The rear also gets new tail lamps and a new bumper. The company will increase dimensions to improve space inside the cabin. The dashboard is completely new and the hatchback will be loaded with lots of features.
Hyundai will retain the current engines, which will be updated to meet BSVI emission norms and the launch will take place in the festival season.