Hyundai India has introduced a number of new as well as facelifted products in India this year including the most recent launch, the 2017 Xcent. However, it has been missing in some of the segments like compact SUV and one of their most popular model, the Creta is due for a facelift. In order to cater to segments where it is already existing and segments the carmaker is expected to enter, they will launch a slew of new introductions. These would include compact SUVs as well, a category in particular where they have been missing for quite some time.The different launches including a new compact SUV based on the Carlino Concept would take place through this year up to the second half of 2018. In fact, the Santro moniker will also make a comeback and in order to keep you updated about the upcoming Hyundai car launches, here's the list of the new models that will be introduced in India over the coming months.
Hyundai Creta Facelift
Hyundai showcased the new Hyundai Creta facelift at the 2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show and it has also been spotted testing in China without camouflage. It will be based on the company's 'Fluidic Sculpture 2.0' design philosophy and will get a cosmetic makeover for the country which would include the signature hexagonal front grille with a four-slats, revised front and rear bumpers, redesigned headlamp tail lamp as well as fog lamps cluster and a new alloy wheel design. The cabin will feature a new touchscreen infotainment system that will have navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and Bluetooth audio streaming, USB and Radio playback options. The top version of the Hyundai Creta facelift will be offered with an automatic climate control, steering mounted audio, phone and cruise controls. The new Creta is likely to be powered by the existing set of engines, a 1.6-litre Dual VTVT petrol engine which generates 121 hp of power and 151 Nm of torque and will be paired to a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The diesel variants are expected to get two options, a 1.4-litre that delivers 88 hp of power and a 1.6-litre unit with 126 hp of power. The 1.4-litre diesel engine is expected to be offered only with a 6-speed manual, while the larger 1.6-litre unit will also get the option of a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Creta facelift is expected to be launched in India by early 2018 priced slightly above compared to the existing model which starts from Rs 8.92 lakh,ex-showroom
Hyundai Verna Facelift
One of the most-awaited models by Hyundai in India is the 2017 Verna and official sketches were recently revealed by the carmaker on the Hyundai India website. Like the new Creta, the upcoming sedan will boast of new design language and will borrow some of its styling cues from the Elantra. The changes that will be made to the 2017 Verna will include a revised front end which would include a redesigned bumper, a hexagonal front grille, projector headlamps with LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps), LED tail lamps as well as 15-inch alloy wheels. On the inside, it will get a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, a dual tone colour combination and automatic climate control. Safety equipment on the new Hyundai Verna is expected to include ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and dual airbags as standard. Higher versions of the executive sedan should also get additional airbags and other safety features. The sedan is likely to come with two engine options, a 1.4-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel, wherein the petrol engine would be paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox while the diesel unit will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai may also offer the petrol unit with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The new Hyundai Verna is expected to be introduced by August this year and once launched, it will compete with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the Honda City. Prices are expected to be between Rs 7.5 lakh and Rs 12.5 lakh, ex-showroom.
Hyundai Elite i20 Facelift
The facelifted Hyundai Elite i20 is expected to launch in India soon as a test mule that is being tested on Indian roads several times in the country. The Elite i20 facelift, going by the spied images, will get LED tail lamps, a new set of alloy wheels and the licence plate will be re-positioned. The front will receive updates such as a redesigned bumper, hexagonal grille similar to the one seen on the new Xcent, new fog lamp and headlamp design. The upcoming premium hatchback by Hyundai is expected to not receive any changes in dimensions or engine options. Like its existing version, the facelifted Elite i20 is expected to be powered a 1.4-litre CRDi diesel engine that generates 89 hp of power and 220 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. The petrol version will most likely be a 1.2-litre and a 1.4-litre unit which are mated to a 5-speed manual. The larger capacity petrol engine may also get a 4-speed automatic gearbox There is also a possibility of a new 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine that will produce 120 hp of power and 172 Nm of torque. This variant, if launched, would compete with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS. Standard safety features that would be offered in the new Hyundai Elite i20 would include ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and dual front airbags. Interior of the Hyundai Elite i20 facelift is may get a few tweaks and the premium hatchback is expected to start from Rs 5.5 lakh, ex-showroom.
Hyundai Tucson AWD
Hyundai launched the Tucson in India in November last year with a 2.0-litre Nu petrol and a 2.0-litre R VGT CRDi diesel engine. Being a premium SUV, there was an expectation that the company would introduce and all-wheel-drive version of the car which wasn't the case as none of the variants which are right now offered with it. The company later announced that it will introduce an all-wheel-drive (AWD) in the SUV as well, which is expected to be launched soon. The Hyundai Tucson with AWD will be available only with the top-end diesel variant only. The exterior and interior features of the five-seater SUV is likely to remain unchanged but is expected to get additional features. It will be based on the Hyundai's 'Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy' and will feature front parking sensors, dual barrel LED headlamps, LED static bending lights, fog lamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps and twin chrome exhaust. The Hyundai Tucson is currently priced between Rs 18.13 and Rs 23.86, after the price reduction due to the implementation of the GST (Goods and Services Tax). The upcoming AWD variant of the Tucson is expected to be priced around Rs 25 lakh, ex-showroom.
New Hyundai Santro
Hyundai India has discontinued the Santro in 2014 due to its limitation in terms of features compared to new entry-level hatchbacks which had more accessories on offer as well as AMT or Automated Manual Transmission options. Now, the car manufacturer is considering reintroducing the Santro in the country which may be launched by 2018. The new Hyundai Santro is expected to get a 1.1-litre iRDE petrol engine that will develop about 62 hp of power, which is the same figure that powered the Santro Xing. The car will also get a 1.2 litre Kappa petrol unit. Both engines will be paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. However, the company may also offer the new Santro with an automatic gearbox. The hatchback will be a completely new car from ground up which will be designed and developed by the company's India R&D facility. As of now, no information has been officially revealed about the expected launch date or features, but the new Santro may be offered with a touchscreen infotainment unit similar to the one equipped on the Grand i10. The carmaker is also likely to equip the car with dual front airbags and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) as standard, a mandate to soon be implemented by the Government of India. It is expected to have a starting price tag of Rs 4 lakh, ex-showroom and will have a direct competition with the new Maruti Suzuki WagonR, which is also expected to be launched next year.
Hyundai Eon Facelift
Hyundai Eon facelift is the third model in the company's portfolio in India that will be launched by next year. The company has not yet revealed any details of the upcoming Eon, but it is expected to have a sportier design compared to the existing model. The exterior of the Hyundai Eon will feature redesigned bumpers, a new headlamp cluster, a redesigned front grille and redesigned tail lamp cluster. It is expected to carry forward the same engine options, a 0.8-litre petrol generating 54 hp of power and 75 Nm of torque and a 1.0-litre petrol unit that develops 67 hp and 94 Nm of torque. The 2017 Hyundai Eon facelift is expected to be launched in the country next year and will compete with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Alto K10 and the Renault Kwid in the segment. It is expected to be priced between Rs 3.25 lakh and Rs 4.50 lakh, ex-showroom.
New Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Motor Group revealed the sketches of the new Sonata on its official social media page that will be first launched in the international markets followed by an India launch in 2018. The sketches of the new and updated Sonata reveals some of its styling cues, which is in line with the company's 'Fluidic Sculpture' design philosophy. The new premium sedan will boast of a large hexagonal front grille with chrome surrounds and sharper air intakes. It will also be equipped with new LED fog lamps, which are now wider, while the LED headlamps may remain same but should get LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps). The rear of the car may receive a revised tail lamp cluster with LED, tailgate-mounted rear spoiler, a rear diffuser, four exhausts and larger rear bumper compared to its predecessor. Although the earlier version of the Hyundai Sonata offered only a petrol engine option, the new model may also be offered with a diesel engine. The new Sonata will be positioned above the Elantra in the company's product lineup and is expected to be priced between Rs 19 lakh and Rs 23 lakh, ex-showroom. It will compete with the likes of the Skoda Superb and the Toyota Camry.
Hyundai is planning to launch its new compact SUV, the Kona in India that has been spied internationally. The India-bound Hyundai Kona will be equipped with features such as twin LED headlamps with DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps), a cascading front grille, black cladding, roof rails, alloy wheels and will be available in single as well as dual tone body colours. Hyundai Kona will be based on the i20 hatchback's platform and will share its design cues with the i20 Active. In international markets, the Kona will be powered by a 1.0 -itre turbocharged petrol, a 1.4-litre petrol engine and a 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine. For India, Hyundai may go in for all engine options considering few of its competitors in this segment already have similar engine optoins. The interior of the Kona will boast of a touchscreen infotainment system, steering mounted controls and an automatic climate control. The upcoming Hyundai Kona will be positioned above the Creta in the company's model lineup in India and will compete with the likes of the Toyota C-HR and Nissan Juke globally and with the Ford EcoSport and the Maruti Suzuki Brezza in India. It is expected to be showcased at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show due to happen in September and is likely to be launched in India in 2018.