South Korea's leading automaker, Hyundai will make its long-awaited new micro SUV Casper global debut next month. Codenamed AX1, the new micro SUV will be put into production in September. At the same time, it will be first launched for sale in the Korean market before the end of this year. While it is expected to be launched in India before the first quarter of 2022.
The new Hyundai Casper will be based on the K1 compact car platform, which can also be seen in the Santro and Grand i10 Nios. Not only this, if media reports are to be believed, then the company will also get an electric edition of this micro SUV in 2023. The small SUV will get the BorgWarner Integrated Drive Module (IDM), which includes an electric motor, a gearbox, and power electronics in a modular unit.
The new micro SUV is likely to get an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, connected car tech, keyless entry, engine start/stop button, reverse camera, etc. It will have a unique design with features like split headlamps. Apart from this, the car will also see an O-shaped LED headlamp setup with integrated circular LED DRLs, a large hexagonal grille on the SUV, a thin strip of LED DRLs that will also act as turn indicators, split tail-lamps, etc. Can go The Hyundai Casper will look like a mini Venue with a flat roof and a Venue-like tailgate and a roof-mounted spoiler. It has a boxy design with a large glasshouse, which gives a sense of ventilation inside the cabin.
A new media report has claimed that the new Hyundai Casper Micro SUV will be offered with two engine options, which will include 1.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol and a new 1.0-liter turbocharged petrol. The naturally aspirated engine will produce around 76bhp and will be mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox. At the same time, the 1.0-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine will be the same engine that powers the Grand i10 Nios Turbo and Aura Turbo. Paired with the SUV's 4-speed automatic gearbox, the new turbo unit will generate around 100bhp of power.
The India-spec Hyundai Casper may get Santro's 1.1L 4-cylinder engine, which produces 69PS of power and 99Nm of torque. The company could also use the 1.2-liter naturally-aspirated petrol engine that powers the Grand i10 Nios. This engine is capable of producing 82bhp and 114Nm of torque. Transmission options are likely to include a 5-speed manual and AMT. The top-spec model could also get a 1.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine along with manual and automatic gearbox options.