In a recent announcement at the launch of its mini-SUV - the Exter - Hyundai has announced that it has crossed more than 11,000 bookings in India. The South Korean automotive manufacturer launched the much-awaited Exter yesterday, i.e., on July 10, with prices ranging between Rs 6 lakh and Rs 9.32 lakh (ex-showroom). Hyundai opened bookings for the SUV on May 8 through offline and online mediums, and ever since then, the mini-SUV has bagged over 11,000 bookings across the country. About two weeks ago, the automaker flagged off the assembly of the Exter at its manufacturing facility in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. The newly launched Hyundai Exter is available in 5 variants - EX, S, SX, SX(O), and SX(O) Connect. In the sub-4m entry-SUV sub-segment, the Exter has a close rival in the form of the Tata Punch. In addition, the Exter also takes on the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, the Nissan Magnite, the Renault Kiger, the Citroen C3, and the Maruti Suzuki Fronx. Deliveries of Hyundai's Exter begin today (July 11).
Hyundai Exter SUV: Powertrain
Coming to the heart of the matter, a 1.2-litre Kappa petrol, 4-cylinder normally aspirated (NA) petrol engine cranks out 82bhp of maximum power at 6,000rpm and 113.8Nm of maximum torque at 4,000rpm. On offer are either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission option. Whereas a 1.2-litre Bi-Fuel Kappa petrol with CNG unit makes 68bhp and 95.2Nm. The CNG version's transmission is handled by a manual gearbox.
With the exception of the entry-level variant, all other petrol units are offered with both MT and AMT gearboxes, while the CNG-spec is available across the mid-spec variants - S and SX.
Hyundai Exter SUV: Mileage
In terms of mileage, the Exter SUV is claimed to have an ARAI-certified mileage of 19.4km/l for the manual and 19.2km/l for the automatic. As for the factory-fitted CNG unit, the SUV returns a fuel economy of 27.1km/kg.
Hyundai Exter SUV: Interior, Features
The interior of the car is all-black with semi-leatherette seat upholstery. On the feature front, the Exter SUV gets an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Hyundai's BlueLink-connected car technology, Apple CarPlay and 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 more.
As far as safety goes, it is equipped with 6 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), etc.
Hyundai Exter SUV: Design
The Exter SUV, which is based on the same platform as the Grand i10 Nios, boasts a distinctive design. Up front, the SUV is shaped by a black mesh radiator grille, projector headlights, and H-shaped LED daytime running lights. When viewed from the side, the SUV exhibits black cladding and sports alloy wheels with a diamond-cut design. The rear end, on the other hand, is defined by an integrated roof spoiler, a shark-fin antenna, a rear wiper, H-shaped LED taillamps, and a tailboard with a slanted rear glass.
Coming to the exterior colour options, there are a total of 6 monotone and 3 dual-tone paint options including two new and exclusive schemes - Atlas White, Cosmic Blue, Fiery Red, Ranger Khaki, Starry Night, Titan Grey, Atlas Black with Abyss Black, Cosmic Blue with Abyss Black, and Ranger Khaki with Abyss Black.
Dimensionally, the Exter SUV offers a 2,450-long wheelbase, which is the longest in its category. With a height of 1,631mm, it is also the highest model in its category. These will guarantee the occupants more headroom and legroom.