At the last edition of Auto Expo, Hyundai had showcased a bunch of all-new cars including the Santa Fe and the Xcent along with a few concepts. This year as well, the company has plans to bring in a range of products belonging to different segments. Here’s a list of 5 mass segment Hyundai cars that the Korean carmaker might showcase at the event.
Hyundai India that had discontinued the Tucson in the Indian market in 2010, owing to poor sales, might bring it back this year. Expected to make its debut at the Auto Expo 2016, the Tucson will be positioned between Creta and Santa Fe. Similar to its two SUV siblings, this one too is built on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0. Powering this mid-sized premium SUV is a 2.0-litre CRDi, four-cylinder turbo diesel unit, mated a 6-speed automatic gearbox, churns out 182bhp and 400Nm.
Hyundai Eon facelift
Introduced in the year 2011, Hyundai’s most affordable offering – Eon – hasn’t received any facelift ever since. Though the company has been testing its updated version for over 3 years now. Now that the competition in the budget hatchback segment has gone fierce with the introduction of the Renault Kwid, it has become imperative for the Korean carmaker to bring in the updated Hyundai Eon. We expect it to come at the upcoming edition of Auto Expo, and launch sometime in mid-2016.
New Hyundai Elantra
Unveiled at the 2015 LA Auto Show, the all-new Hyundai Elantra is expected to be rolled out in India by the end of 2016 or early 2017. Based on Hyundai’s new Storm Edge design language, the new-gen Elantra will be a more up-market product than the current model. The new model is about 20mm longer, 25mm wider and has a stiffer body than the existing one. The global model of the car is available with three engine options – a 1.6-litre petrol, 1.6-litre diesel and a 2.0-litre petrol. Though there is no clarity if the India-bound model will continue to feature the existing set of engines or will get the new ones.
Hyundai is also working on a compact MPV to take on the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, and it made its intentions clear at the last edition of the Auto Expo when it showcased Hexa Space concept. We expect to see a closer-to-production version of the car, codenamed IP, at the 2016 Expo, which could be based on the Hyundai i20 platform. Besides the platform, the Hyundai MPV might also share its engine lineup with the premium hatchback.
Hyundai i20 has been a runway success for the Korean carmaker ever since its launch in 2014. Interestingly, the company has been selling almost double units of the new-gen model compared to the old one despite the former being pricier. To cash in on the ever-increasing popularity of the i20 in India, the company is now planning to bring in an even more-powerful version of the hatchback that is tuned by the company’s performance division – “N”. Called the Hyundai i20 N Sport, the performance version features a tuned 1.4-litre petrol mill that is good for 114bhp and 160Nm.