The upcoming Hyundai Micro SUV, codenamed AX1, will be called the Hyundai Casper. The small SUV is scheduled to enter mass production in Korea in September 2021. It will first go on sale in Korea towards the end of 2021, while it is expected to launch in India early next year. Hyundai has trademarked the Casper nameplate in Korea. Hyundai Casper may come with a different name in India as well as other markets. It will be the smallest SUV from the brand and the Venue will be below the sub-4 meter SUV. The Casper will be based on Hyundai's K1 compact car platform, which currently underpins the Grand i10 Nios and Santro.
The new Hyundai AX1 mini SUV will be produced on the GGM line. The plant is the result of a joint business between the Gwangju local government and Hyundai Motor Company. The trial production of the car has already started, while the mass production will start from September 2021. Hyundai will initially introduce a petrol variant of the micro SUV, which will be followed by an electric city car in 2023. Electric addition is also expected. Coming to our market, the small SUV will get the BorgWarner Integrated Drive Module (IDM), which comprises the electric motor, gearbox, and power electronics in a modular unit.
The spy images reveal that the styling of the Hyundai Casper will be inspired by the Venue sub-4 meter SUV. It will get an upright front fascia with flat bumpers, a flutter hood, and a mesh patterned grille. The small SUV will get round-shaped headlamps with O-ring LED DRL (Daytime Running Lamp). Thin LED strips are placed under the clamshell bonnet structure. These LED strips also act as turn indicators. Design highlights will include black plastic cladding with square wheel arches, rectangular wing mirrors, C-pillar integrated door handles, etc.
The Hyundai Casper is likely to be powered by the same 1.2-liter 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine that powers the Grand i10 Nios. This engine generates power of 83bhp and torque of 114Nm. The 1.1-liter petrol engine of the Santro can be found in the lower variants. There are likely to be offered on both manual and AMT.