Hyundai QXi compact SUV design took inspirations from new generation Santa Fe and it will be packed with lots of features as launch will take place in 2019
Hyundai is one of the few manufacturers who are yet to enter the compact SUV segment in India and it is going to change in 2019 with the introduction of an all-new model, which is codenamed as QXi. The compact SUV has been spotted in India roads several times and the latest spy video is taken on Salem-Coimbatore highway as part of the highspeed testing.
The test mule is heavily camouflaged but we can make out some design elements. The QXi is the production version of Carlino Concept from 2016 Auto Expo and the front gets signature grille of Hyundai along with twin headlamp setup in which LED DRL is placed on top and the regular headlamp is positioned slightly lower.
The new generation Santa Fe and Kona have adopted this design theme and it will be introduced in other models also as the company want to give a family look for the SUV range. The side design is similar to Creta and the QXi test mule get diamond cut alloy wheels. The rear gets LED tail lamps along with a new bumper and faux skid plates to continue the SUV look.
The interior is expected to be completely new and the centre console might get a similar design like other new generation Hyundai products in which infotainment screen is placed on top of dashboard while AC controls are placed below it. The quality of materials will be top-notch and the steering wheel will be a three-spoke unit with controls for audio and other things integrated into it.
We can expect good interior space for QXi and the compact SUV will be packed with features like touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, climate control, cruise control, reverse camera with parking sensors, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wiper, rear AC vents, electronically controlled rearview mirror and more.
Some reports have indicated that QXi will be based on a new platform. The engine lineup includes petrol and diesel engines in which the company will finally introduce the 1.0 L turbocharged petrol engine in India along with 1.2 L Kappa engine and 1.4 L diesel engine from Elite i20. These engines will be mated to a manual and AMT gearbox. Hyundai QXi will rival Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza in India.