The Hyundai Ai3, as the micro SUV is internally known, will compete against the likes of the Tata Punch, Renault Kiger, and Nissan Magnite.
A brand-new micro SUV concept is anticipated from Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) at the January 2023 Auto Expo. The affordable small SUV for India could be showcased alongside another prototype. But there hasn't yet been a formal confirmation. The micro SUV is expected to be launched next year as a petrol-only SUV; however, its all-electric variant could also be launched at a later date.
Powering the micro SUV could be the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that powers Grand i10 Nios and Aura. A CNG version might be introduced later. The South Korean automaker has spent approximately ₹1,470 crores to increase its manufacturing capacity in order to reach a projected annual production of 50,000 units.
In the brand's domestic line-up, the new SUV will probably sit below the Venue compact SUV. The micro SUV is reportedly nearing its final stages of development and might be introduced during the next festive season. Set to be marketed as a compact utility vehicle, its dimensions will be bigger than those of the Casper pictured here, and it will have the same underpinnings as the Grand i10 Nios hatchback and the Aura sedan. However, thanks to higher ground clearance and a more spacious cabin, the micro SUV could appeal to a wide range of buyers.
It is expected that Hyundai will price the micro SUV aggressively. Its top-end variants might be offered with a host of features. The Hyundai Ai3, as the micro SUV is said to be known internally, will compete against the likes of the Tata Punch, Renault Kiger, and Nissan Magnite if it goes on sale in India.
*Hyundai Casper image used for representative purposes only.