The Tata HBX or the Hyundai AX1, which micro SUV will debut first? Hyundai has given out a teaser of its AX1 micro SUV which could mean the global unveiling could be in the coming months
The Hyundai AX1 is the Korean manufacturers’ entry in the micro SUV segment that also sees the presence of the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso. However, the AX1 is likely to be based above the S-Presso and will rival the Ignis instead. The Maruti Suzuki Ignis has been updated with a crossover-like exterior to make it appear more SUV than a hatchback. Tata will soon enter the segment with its HBX micro SUV that is currently in the testing phase.
Speaking of the AX1, Hyundai has teased the SUV with images revealing its headlamp and tail lamp design. Upfront, a pod-like halogen headlamp surrounded by LED-DRL has been showcased. The brake lamp assembly exhibits a unique triangular pattern arranged to appear as a light bar is shown in the teaser images.
The AX1 is expected to be based on Hyundai’s second-generation AH2 platform that underpins the current Santro, however, with necessary updates to suit the SUV/crossover body style. This makes us believe that the ‘X’ in the name AX1 could be identified as a nomenclature hinting at SUV vertical.
The powertrain is likely to be the 1.2-litre petrol engine for global markets, and the Indian market could also see an addition of a 1.1-litre diesel engine on offer. The standard gearbox on offer will be a 5-speed manual and an optional automatic (AMT) is likely to be available as well.
The prices for the Hyundai AX1 could begin from Rs 4.75 lakh ex-showroom and the new micro SUV is likely to undercut the Maruti Suzuki Ignis marginally. Expect the new Korean micro SUV to make its debut by the end of this year.