At the ongoing Auto Expo 2016, Hyundai India showcased the concept of its upcoming sub-compact SUV that is based on the i20 hatchback platform. Based on the Hyundai HND14 concept, the production-ready version of the Carlino sub-compact SUV will be positioned below the company’s premium SUV Creta. For people not in the know, the Creta too is based on the i20 hatchback platform.
Since the Hyundai Carlino compact SUV shares its platform with the i20, this might feature the same set of engines – 1.2-litre Kappa2 petrol and 1.4-litre CRDi U2 diesel – that do duty on the hatchback. While the 1.2-litre petrol engine is good for 82bhp & 115Nm, the diesel unit produces 89bhp and 220Nm. Transmission options on offer could be a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic upon launch.
Based on the Fluidic 2.0 design philosophy, Hyundai Carlino sub-compact SUV shares its design elements with its siblings like the i20 and the Creta. The car features the same sweptback headlamps and new signature Hyundai Grille that is seen on all the new-age Hyundai cars. From the side profile, the car looks like a mini Creta with almost same wheel arches. The rear profile too looks inspired from the Creta and Santa Fe.
While the Creta aims buyers looking for a premium SUV, the Hyundai Carlino sub-compact SUV will attract buyers looking for an affordable mini SUV. Upon its launch, the Hyundai will rival products like Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra TUV300 and Tata Nexon.
Besides the Hyundai Carlino concept, the Korean carmaker also unveiled its global luxury brand Genesis and the ‘N’ performance brand at its Auto Expo 2016 pavilion. Hyundai Tucson, an upcoming premium SUV, too made its India debut at the Motor Show. While the i20-based compact SUV will be launched by 2017, the Tucson will be rolled out sometime later this year.