The segment that sees the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, and the upcoming Tata Punch is likely to be populated with yet another micro-SUV. Hyundai will soon join the bandwagon with its upcoming Casper.
Hyundai Motors has globally unveiled its upcoming micro-SUV called the Casper. The new Hyundai Casper is expected to be launched in the Indian market by early 2022 and the Korean carmaker will position it alongside the Tata Punch, and the Maruti Suzuki Ignis. However, Hyundai will priorities the launch of its Casper in the international markets first.
Internationally, the new micro-SUV will get the brand’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol motor – paired with an optional automatic gearbox. When launched in India, Hyundai is likely to offer the Casper with a 1.2-litre engine with its lower variants. The higher variants of the Casper are most likely to be offered with the 1.0-litre turbo petrol motor. The power figures are expected to be close to 100bhp for the higher variants and the. The lower variants will most likely be tuned to push out between 75bhp and 80bhp. Hyundai India will most likely offer an iMT – alongside a five-speed manual – to keep the cost in check.
Hyundai has only unveiled the exteriors of the Casper. The company hasn’t unveiled the specific dimension yet, but expect the Casper to be reasonably shorter in length compared to the India-spec Hyundai Venue.
While Hyundai has not revealed the interiors yet, expect features such as a large touch-operated infotainment. The multimedia system will include Apple Carplay and Android Auto and most likely Hyundai’s in-house connected tech. An all-digital instrument cluster will be a good addition as well.
The Maruti Suzuki Ignis is priced between Rs 4.95 lakh and Rs 7.50 lakh (ex-showroom). And we expect the upcoming Tata Punch to start in very close proximity of Rs 5 lakh. The Hyundai Casper, when launched, will join the two at a very similar price point.