Hyundai Ai3 micro SUV will likely make its world premiere in the coming months before going on sale in markets like India; could be based on the same platform as Grand i10 Nios
Hyundai’s upcoming mini SUV, codenamed Ai3, was recently spotted testing and has shown some details before the actual launch. When launched, it will take on Tata Punch. It will make its global debut in the coming months in Korea before reaching markets like India.
This new micro SUV will be equipped with the same 1.2 litre NA petrol engine Hyundai generally uses in its entry-level vehicles in India. The platform used by Grand i10 Nios and the Aura will underpin the upcoming five-seater.
Presently, only the 1.2-litre Kappa NA engine with 82 PS and 113.8 Nm of torque is offered in the hatchback and the compact sedan and the same could be carried over. A 5-speed manual or an AMT will be available.
The sub-four-metre SUV draws design cues from the Casper and the front end boasts a clamshell-shaped bonnet with muscular creases, a split headlamp cluster, sleek-looking LED Daytime Running Lights, a wide grille with black inserts, lower air inlet, a slightly inclined roof, squared-off wheel arches, new alloy wheels, an upright tailgate, LED tail lamps, faux skid plates at the front and rear, etc.
The cabin should resemble the i10 and i20 hatchbacks and incorporate many of the features, with a few minor additions. This would include an 8 inch touchscreen borrowed from the i10 Nios, or the 10.25 inch from the i20. Some other equipment on offer might be ventilated seats, wireless charger, cruise control, and six airbags.
The price range for the Tata Punch is Rs 6 to Rs 9 Lakhs and being a direct rival, this should be in the same price bracket. However, the Hyundai SUV might be placed a little higher and more towards the premium spectrum. Together with the Punch, the new Hyundai mini SUV will compete against budget-friendly compact SUVs like the Nissan Magnite and the Renault Kiger. By the end of 2023, the micro SUV may make its Indian debut.