Upcoming Hyundai Exter To Take The Fight To Tata Punch – Here’s Why

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Hyundai Exter will go on sale on July 10 and it will be powered by a 1.2L NA petrol engine with MT and AMT choices

Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) will officially launch the Exter on July 10, 2023. The micro SUV will be positioned below the Venue compact SUV in the brand’s domestic portfolio and it will be sold in international markets as well. The Hyundai Exter will be based on the same architecture as the Grand i10 Nios compact hatchback and the Aura compact sedan.

The five-seater will directly compete against Tata Punch upon arrival. The Punch has been well received by customers and is currently one of the top-selling SUVs in the country. Introduced in late 2021, the Punch’s rise to fame has been more than impressive and it really opened up the underlying potential in the micro SUV space.

The Mahindra KUV could not become a success despite being the early mover in the segment and the Tata Punch is relatively unrivalled directly by any manufacturer. Taking advantage of the opportunity presented, Hyundai steps up to the plate with the Exter. In a typical Hyundai fashion, it will be packed with features and technologies.

Hyundai Exter Safety Features

One of the key selling points for the Tata Punch is its top-standard build quality with a Global NCAP safety rating of five stars. In response, Hyundai will sell the Exter with six airbags as a standard fitment. It will be accompanied by first-in-segment ESC (Electronic Stability Control), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), HAC (Hill Assist Control), 3-point seatbelts on all seats, segment-first burglar alarm, etc.

The South Korean auto major will also offer the Exter with segment-first dashcam with dual camera and TPMS (Highline) along with ISOFIX, headlamp escort function, reverse parking camera and sensors, auto headlights and rear defogger amongst others. Only a few days ago, the Exter’s production commenced at Sriperumbudur and it will be sold in EX, S, SX, SX (O), and SX (O) Connect variants.


The Hyundai Exter will be powered by a 1.2L NA petrol engine, paired with a five-speed MT or a five-speed AMT. Unlike the Punch, the Exter will be available with a CNG variant at launch. The success of the Exter will apparently be determined by its pricing as the segment adheres to the masses.