In the Indian auto sector, Hyundai stands as one of the most prominent car manufacturers with impressive sales numbers. In terms of sales, it continues to stand at the second spot, right after Maruti Suzuki. The Korean car major undoubtedly has a stronghold in almost every car segment in the domestic market, offering a range of reliable and performance-oriented products from entry-level hatchbacks to high-end electric vehicles. Still, there are a few Hyundai vehicles that require significant updates, and that is essentially what is planned for the upcoming year. In 2024, Hyundai intends to bring the following models to our shores.
Hyundai Ioniq 6
Hyundai is also planning to launch the eagerly awaited Ioniq 6 in India. A 53kWh unit and a 77kWh unit are the two battery packs that are offered for the Ioniq 6 globally. While the top-spec AWD variant has two motors with a combined output of 325bhp and 605Nm of peak torque, the entry-level variants have an RWD layout with a single motor that produces 228bhp of maximum power and 350Nm of peak torque. The model's WLTP-certified range varies depending on the variant opted for, from 429-kilometre to 610-kilometre. Its feature list includes wireless phone charging, vehicle-2-load (V2L) functionality, two 12.3-inch displays, a heads-up display, and an eight-speaker Bose sound system. Together with a 360-degree camera and an extensive array of ADAS capabilities, it has seven airbags for safety. The Ioniq 6 will probably retail for an ex-showroom cost of Rs 65 lakh.
On January 16, the 2024 version of the Creta will arrive in India. There will probably be a few aesthetic changes made to the medium-sized SUV from the previous model. A new set of alloy wheels, updated front and back LED lighting, a redesigned grille, and new front and rear bumpers are a few of these. Along with these upgrades, the new Creta is anticipated to have an ADAS package, a 360-degree camera, new upholstery, and a revamped dashboard and center console. It is anticipated that the 1.5-litre NA petrol and diesel engines will still be offered for the model. There may be a new 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine available with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DCT transmission. Upon launch, the SUV is anticipated to carry a price tag of Rs 10.50 lakh (ex-showroom).
New Hyundai Kona Electric
Since it went on the market back in 2019, the Kona Electric that is currently on sale has not seen any significant changes. In the meantime, Hyundai debuted the next-generation Kona Electric in international markets in December 2022, and the most recent iteration of the electric SUV should arrive here in May next year. The 48.4kWh and 65.4kWh battery pack options for the new Kona EV provide 153bhp and 215bhp of power, respectively. On a full charge, Hyundai claims a range of 490-kilometre. Features include an 8-speaker Bose sound system, a 12-inch head-up display, dual 12.3-inch displays, 360-degree cameras, ADAS, and vehicle-2-load (V2L) compatibility.
Updated Hyundai Tucson
The updated Hyundai Tucson will make its European debut in early 2024, following its recent global unveiling. But sometime in the middle or end of 2024, Hyundai's revamped flagship SUV will arrive in India. The external appearance of the new Tucson has been slightly modified, and the interior has been updated to provide a more luxurious experience. Dual-integrated touchscreen configuration and a touch-based climate control panel are among the new features. The SUV is expected to come with ADAS technology, ventilated seats, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, and six airbags, however, Hyundai has not disclosed any other features. The car is expected to carry an ex-showroom starting price of Rs 30 lakh. The all-new Tucson will probably still be available in India with the same 2-litre diesel unit churning out 184bhp and 416Nm and a 2-litre petrol engine delivering 154bhp and 192Nm. The petrol mill comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission, whereas the diesel unit can be had with an 8-speed automated transmission.
New Hyundai Alcazar
The South Korean automaker might opt to debut the Alcazar facelift along with the revamped Creta. When the three-row SUV based on the Creta was introduced in 2021, it received a new engine choice along with a few minor design updates. The Alcazar, albeit new, also needs an update. The 1.5-litre turbo-petrol (158bhp and 253Nm) and 1.5-litre diesel (113bhp and 250Nm) engine options for Hyundai's sole three-row SUV in India will be the same as those offered with the existing Alcazar. Feature-wise, it may have a panoramic sunroof, level 2 ADAS capabilities, ventilated front seats, a 360-degree camera, and two 10.25-inch screens.
Hyundai Creta EV
Test mules of the existing Creta SUV with an electric drivetrain were spotted throughout 2023, despite the lack of information currently available about the Creta EV. The spy photos indicate Hyundai may be testing a brand-new, all-electric C-SUV or contemplating the prospect of introducing an electrified Creta. The EV3, which is essentially unrelated to the comparably sized Seltos, was unveiled by Hyundai's sibling firm, Kia. It is anticipated that the Kia EV3 will eventually go on sale in India alongside the well-liked Seltos. Similarly, Hyundai may introduce the electric Creta SUV and sell it in addition to the all-new Creta. The forthcoming Hyundai electric SUV will compete with the Tata Curvv EV and it may have a range of about 400-kilometre on a single charge.