Hyundai has officially launched the Exter SUV in India today, days after teasing the micro-SUV on its social media handles and giving a sneak peek into its appearance, features, and mechanical details. The car has made its way into the Indian market with a price tag of Rs 5.99 lakh (ex-showroom). There is no doubt that the Exter has been stirring up a lot of enthusiasm among prospective buyers since its debut. This new product, the manufacturer's most reasonably priced model, gives its lineup of SUVs—including models like the Venue, the Creta, the Alcazar, and the Tucson—more edge. The Exter is a compact vehicle, but despite its small size, it exudes flair and boasts an extensive list of features. Notably, it will share a 1.2-litre petrol engine as its powertrain with the recently released Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, which is built on the same platform. The engine will be offered in either a petrol-only or a CNG version. Read on to know more about what this newly launched SUV brings to the table.
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Hyundai Exter: Variants and Design
The Exter SUV will be available in five variants: EX, S, SX, SX(O), and SX(O) Connect. In contrast to the other Hyundai SUVs sold in India, the Exter has a distinctive design. The projector headlights at either end of the black mesh radiator grille are topped with H-shaped LED daytime running lights on the front fascia. A slim black strip connects the LED DRLs. A skid plate is present, and the car's side profile exhibits black cladding. It has sporty alloy wheels with a diamond-cut design. Heading to the rear, you'll see a broad, shining black bar connecting the H-shaped LED taillights.
The SUV, which is built on the same platform as the Grand i10 Nios, has a stylish and compact appearance. One more design feature includes an eye-catching parametric front grille. According to the firm, there are a total of 6 monotone and 3 dual-tone exterior colour options including two new and exclusive schemes you can choose from-Ranger Khaki, Atlas White, Fiery Red, Starry Night, Titan Grey, Cosmic Blue, Ranger Khaki with black roof, Cosmic Blue with black roof. Moreover, the SUV has a wheelbase measuring, 2,450mm-longest in its category. With a height of 1,631mm, it will also be the highest model in its category. These will guarantee the occupants more headroom and legroom.
Hyundai Exter: Engine and Gearbox
Coming to the mechanical specifications, there are three powertrain options on offer for the SUV. A 1.2-litre Kappa petrol, 4-cylinder normally aspirated (NA) petrol engine will churn out 82bhp of maximum power at 6,000rpm and 113.8Nm of maximum torque at 4,000rpm, while a 1.2-litre Bi-Fuel Kappa petrol with CNG option will deliver a maximum output of 68bhp and 95.2Nm. The CNG version's transmission will be handled by a manual gearbox, while the petrol engine will be paired with either a five-speed manual gearbox or an AMT automated gearbox.
Hyundai Exter: Interior and Features
On the inside, the SUV includes features such as an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Hyundai's BlueLink-connected car technology, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, a digital instrument cluster, a voice-enabled electric sunroof, a wireless charger, cruise control, a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), automatic climate control, an inbuilt dashcam with a dual camera, keyless entry, a 4.2-inch digital display, and other amenities. Furthermore, the car's interior is all-black with a semi-leatherette seat upholstery.
On the safety front, the Exter comes equipped with 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, Day & Night IRVM (with Bluelink controls), and other safety features.
Hyundai Exter: Market Rivals
The automaker already opened the bookings for the car earlier for Rs 11,000 and except for the pricing, revealed all the details about the SUV. But now, we know that as well. The cost of the Exter stands at Rs 5.99 lakh (ex-showroom). In addition to competing against the Tata Punch in the micro-SUV segment upon its launch today, the Exter will also be facing off against the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, the Nissan Magnite, the Renault Kiger, the Citroen C3, and the Maruti Suzuki Fronx.