Hyundai MPV plans put on hold as Hyundai is focusing on the Carlino concept based compact SUV
Hyundai is a strong player in the Indian market. They have nurtured the plan to introduce a Maruti Suzuki Ertiga contending MPV in the highly demanding Indian market. In that attempt they revealed the Hexa concept back in 2012. Last year the South Korean automaker confirmed they have been developing an all new MPV which will take on the Honda Mobilio also apart from the very popular Ertiga.
It was highly expected that the automaker would showcase a production version of the Hexa concept at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo last month, which didn’t happen. Instead they showcased the Carlino concept, which would materialize into a small SUV. Now, as we have learnt, the Korean automaker has put the plan for building a MPV on hold, rather they want to focus on building a compact SUV targeting the Indian market which will be based on the Carlino concept. No wonder, compact SUV segment is the most popular, highly congested and competitive segment in Indian market. Seeing the growing demand and business potential in the segment Hyundai wants to focus on developing the compact SUV at present.
The Carlino based compact SUV will positioned below the Hyundai Creta in the company’s line up. The Carlino concept garnered pretty much appreciation from the visitors and critics at the Auto Expo 2016. It features a futuristic design language, which might be seen in the future Hyundai cars.
As we have seen the Hyundai Carlino concept, the compact SUV based on it might get features like sleek headlamps with LED daytime running lights, an aggressive front grille, which is very unusual compare to the signature Hyundai grille. The front bumper might come in a beefy appearance with dual air dams at both sides and unusual looking fog lamps. It would also get a skid plate at the front bottom. The concept car featured bold wheels, larger glass area at the side profile while there were no door knobs, which means it might get touch bars instead. The rear sported square shaped taillamps. It might borrow the Hyundai Elite i20’s engine.