Latest spy shots show Hyundai’s new micro SUV’s look
- Likely to be powered by 1.2L NA, 1.0 turbo petrol engines
- Will sit below Venue in Hyundai lineup
- Launch around August
Hyundai is gearing up to launch its new micro SUV, christened the Exter in August. While we have been seeing test mules of it since a long time now, this is the first look of the car without camouflage in South Korea. This Exter looks to be near-production spec and we can expect similar design in the Indian car as well.
Hyundai Exter Design
From the pics, we can see that the Exter will have a tall and upright stance with a distinctive and high-set front end. It will feature “H-style” DRLs along with projector headlamps below them. Under the bumper is a large faux skid plate and cladding which tries to enhance the SUV proportions.
Talking of the side profile, we can see some uniquely-designed diamond cut alloys. The squared-off wheel arches are surrounded by thick black cladding to give a tough and rugged look. The windows are large and also feature a squarish design. It also seems that Hyundai has attempted to provide a fancy wraparound effect to the rear windshield resulting in a quirky C-Pillar insert with gloss black trim around it. The Exter also gets black roof rails to drive home the SUV look.
As you move on towards the rear, you are greeted by a mostly upright and flat rear-end. There is a massive windshield along with squared-off elements. The taillights get connected by a black strip which is likely to be chromed in the top variants. The taillights themselves showcase simple detailing with the H pattern carried over as an element. We can also see a tough looking bumper with faux skid plates and a dual-tip exhaust below with horizontal reflectors just above
Hyundai Exter Engine
The Exter will be based on the same platform as the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and will receive similar powertrain options. This includes the 1.2L naturally aspirated petrol engine mated to MT and AMT transmissions. There is also a possibility of the Exter receiving Hyundai’s 1.0L turbo petrol which could be paired with a DCT or iMT as in the Venue. However, it might receive a lower state of tune producing 99BHP as was available previously on the Aura and Nios. A CNG-powered Exter might be offered at a later date as well.
Hyundai Exter Launch Date and Price
While Hyundai has not revealed a date, it is expected to launch sometime in August this year. Production could start as soon as end-July with deliveries commencing in September. The Exter could be priced anywhere between Rs. 6.5-11 Lakhs (ex-showroom) and will go up against the likes of the Tata Punch, Maruti Ignis, Nissan Magnite and Citroen C3.