Hyundai’s upcoming micro SUV (codenamed AX1) will be called the Casper, according to a report from last month. We now have some new information about the micro-engines, SUV’s ahead of the model going into production in September. After the launch in Korea, other emerging markets such as India will also be able to purchase the Casper.1.0-litre gasoline engines, both naturally aspirated and turbocharged.
Will compete with the Tata HBX when it arrives in India.
Hyundai Casper: the engine and the transmission Hyundai
Hyundai Casper will be available in Korea with either a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated or turbo-petrol engine, according to a leaked document. While the naturally aspirated 76hp engine will be paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission, the 1.0-litre TGDI turbo-petrol engine will produce 100hp and is the same unit that’s offered on the Venue in India. Likewise, it will be mated to a four-speed automatic transmission system.
But it’s still unclear which engines Hyundai will offer in India with the Casper. However, in order to keep costs down, Hyundai might offer the Nios’ 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine or the Santro’s 1.1-litre three-cylinder motor instead of the turbo-petrol unit. In India, the micro SUV will face competition from the Tata HBX, a 1.2-litre petrol-powered micro SUV. There will be a manual transmission option in Casper’s India lineup.
What else is known about the Hyundai Casper?
As the company’s smallest SUV, the Casper will be smaller than even the sub-four-meter Venue, according to Hyundai. Our market’s Grand i10 Nios and Santro are also based on the K1 compact car platform.
Although heavily camouflaged, the Casper has been seen testing abroad numerous times. Nevertheless, spy shots have revealed several unique design elements, including the split setup for circular LED headlamps with DRLs, triangular motifs on the LED tail-lights, and even the overall upright and boxy silhouette that looks quite quirky. White interior upholstery is also revealed in spy shots of the Casper.
Launch and expected competitors in India
Hyundai is expected to unveil the Casper in Korea next month, after which it will begin serial production. Korea will be Casper’s first market, and India is expected to be one of its next markets. In India, the Casper will compete directly with the upcoming Tata HBX and high-riding hatchbacks like the Maruti Suzuki Ignis.