Hyundai AX1 is expected to debut in South Korea before reaching India sometime next year; likely based on K1 platform
Here you see the rendering of the Hyundai AX1 in different colours and the digital imagination based on the spy shots shows the design details of the production model ahead of its global debut sometime later this year. The AX1 is said to have had trial production commenced in its homeland of South Korea already and it will be amongst the first markets to receive the model.
Sticking by the recently released teaser images, the Hyundai AX1 in the rendering gets round-shaped headlamps with O-ring LED Daytime Running Lights giving a unique presence compared to the Venue compact SUV and Creta mid-size SUV. Below the clamshell shaped bonnet structure, you could see thin strips of LED lighting and it could double up as turn indicators when required.
The rendering depicts the tall pillars with black roof rails and rectangular wing mirrors as the tall windows could offer good visibility from the inside and the cabin room could be sufficient enough as well. The thick black wheel arch cladding is accompanied by traditional door handles up front and pillar-mounted units at the rear.
The top-end variants will be sold with alloy wheels and up front, you could also notice the eccentric grille pattern and slightly raked front windshield. The rear will feature wraparound LED tail lamps, a shark fin antenna and a high-mounted stop lamp. The brake lights and turn signals appear to have been fitted on the bumper.
The Hyundai AX1 is widely speculated to be based on the K1 platform that can also be seen in the Grand i10 Nios. It will more likely be powered by a 1.1-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as in the Santro. Both five-speed manual and five-speed AMT transmissions will help in having an expansive lineup as well.
Except the Hyundai AX1 to carry an aggressive price range courtesy of high localisation upon its arrival in India sometime next year and it will compete against the upcoming production version of the Tata HBX concept. With Mahindra KUV NXT expected to be phased out, the AX1 could have a tough battle with the HBX based micro SUV.