Hyundai has revealed that the Exter SUV has garnered over 50,000 bookings in India. Interestingly, the bookings figure reached from 10,000 to 50,000 in less than a month since its launch in our market. The South Korean automaker has also stated that the automatic variants of the model account for more than one-third of orders. The price for the brand-new Exter starts at Rs 6 lakh and goes up to Rs 10 lakh. Both prices are ex-showroom. The popular Punch SUV from Tata Motors directly rivals the Hyundai Exter in the Indian market. EX, EX(O), S, S(O), SX, SX(O), and SX(O) Connect are the seven distinct variants available for buyers to choose from. The Exter comes with a 3-year (unlimited kilometre) warranty as well as the option of a 7-year extended warranty. The exterior colour options for the micro SUV include six monotone and three dual-tone paint schemes.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Tarun Garg, COO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd., said, “With Hyundai EXTER, we have continued our pursuit of democratizing advanced technology, superior quality, next-gen features, safety and comfort for customers. This SUV has redefined benchmarks in the country and offers customers superior safety with 6 Airbags as standard and ESC, VSM, and HAC available across all trims as an option. The response to EXTER is euphoric, so much so that the bookings have zoomed from 10,000 prelaunch to 50,000 plus in less than 30 days of launch. What is also interesting to witness is that the trims with sunroof constitute more than 75% of total bookings signaling a big thumbs up from the customers for the segment-raising benchmark features introduced in the EXTER. HMIL would like to sincerely thank our customers for their trust and love for Hyundai EXTER and we are confident that the Hyundai SUV Life will continue to elevate their aspirations.”
Hyundai Exter: Engine Specs and Fuel Efficiency
The Exter is propelled by a 1.2-litre Kappa petrol, four-cylinder naturally aspirated (NA) engine that also powers other Hyundai cars. The maximum power output is 82bhp, while the top torque output stands at 113.8Nm. These numbers are down to 68bhp at 6,000rpm and 95.2Nm at 4,000rpm while employing the 1.2-litre Kappa petrol, bi-fuel with a CNG unit. Speaking of the transmission, the CNG powertrain only receives a 5-speed manual gearbox; the petrol powertrain can be coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT. Notably, paddle shifters are also an option for the Exter AMT.
According to ARAI certification, the Exter SUV offers a 19.4km/l fuel efficiency rating for the manual variant and 19.2km/l for the automatic variant. With a factory-installed CNG engine, the vehicle claims a fuel efficiency of 27.1km/kg.
Hyundai Exter: Interior and Features
The interior of the car is all black, with a semi-leatherette seat upholstery. Due to many industry-first features, the Exter has definitely created a stir in the market since its launch. The SUV comes equipped with a multitude of amenities like an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Hyundai's BlueLink connected car technology, footwell lighting metal pedals, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, rear AC vents, a digital instrument cluster, paddle shifters, a voice-activated electric sunroof, a wireless charger, cruise control, a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), automatic climate control, an integrated dashcam with a dual camera, keyless entry, premium floor mats, a 4.2-inch digital display, and more.
Hyundai Exter: Safety Set
On the safety front, various features are included with the Exter, including six airbags, a burglar alarm, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management, three-point seat belts and reminders for all five seats, Hill Assist Control, ABS with EBD, rear parking camera, automatic headlamps, child seat anchor (ISOFIX), rear defogger, and Day & Night IRVM (with Bluelink controls).
Hyundai Exter: Exterior Appearance
The Exter SUV, which is built on the same chassis as the Grand i10 Nios, has a distinctive design. The SUV's frontal appearance is made up of an H-shaped LED daytime running light, projector headlights, and a black mesh radiator grille. The SUV has alloy wheels with a diamond-cut pattern and black side cladding. On the other hand, the back end is defined by the integrated roof spoiler, a shark-fin antenna, a rear wiper, H-shaped LED taillamps, and a tailboard with a slanted rear glass.
Along with the Tata Punch, the Exter's competitors in the micro-SUV market are the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, the Nissan Magnite, the Renault Kiger, the Citroen C3, and the Maruti Suzuki Fronx.