Upcoming cars from Hyundai India in 2013
Hyundai India has several significant passenger vehicle launches lined up for 2013. Reportedly, the new launches will be placed in the across different segments of the market. It is the second biggest passenger vehicle company in India, next to Maruti Suzuki India Limited, with a market share of 14.4 per cent. Though the company's sales fell by 2.48 per cent in December 2012 as compared to the previous year with 47,833 units, it has not set back plans to launch new vehicles in the ongoing year.
In the hatchback segment, the company is planning to launch its old warhorse Santro Xing in a new avatar with a diesel engine. The Xing has been the backburner for a while now, since the i10 and the Eon have been selling well. It would be fitted with a 1.1 litre Common Rail Direct Injection (CRDi) engine to churn out 75 bhp of power at 4000 rpm with a maximum torque of 150 Nm. Knowing the need for high fuel efficiency in India, industry experts are of a view that the Santro Xing diesel would deliver a mileage of 23 kmpl. Some of the new features in this vehicle would be a softer gear shift lever, front ventilated disc brakes and a bigger wheelbase, among others.
After achieving success with the i20 in India, Hyundai has realised that there is a market for premium hatches as well. Owing to this, the auto maker is also planning to introduce i30, which is a mid size hatchback. The design of this model has been kept fluidic, whereas its wheelbase is anticipated to be higher than the i20. In fact, its cabin space would be equal or greater than some sedans in the C segment. In terms of features, the top end variant of i30 is believed to get multiple airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), steering controls and an electrically adjustable driver's seat. Coming to under-the-hood figures of the model, the upcoming i30 is expected to get an option of either 1.4 or a 1.6 litre petrol engine. It is expected that the base version of i30 would start at Rs. 6 lakhs, whereas its top diesel variant can be bought for a steep Rs. 9.5 lakhs. However, considering that the i20 Asta sells in good numbers despite being priced close to Rs. 8 lakhs for the diesel variant, the new pricing strategy may just be what the auto maker is looking for.
At the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo, Hyundai showcased one of its best designs till date, the new Hyundai Veloster. It is an oversized sports hatchback, which is anticipated to feature 17-inch alloy wheels, body colour mirrors, wrap around headlights and taillights. Interestingly, the vehicle will have 2 doors, though it is a 4-seater with ample space at rear seats. On the engine front, the Veloster would get a 1.6 cylinder powertrain with Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) technology, which will facilitate it to deliver high fuel efficiency. Interestingly, this car from Hyundai will enhance its brand image in India and will be not launched with an aim of providing value for money to the Indian audience. Industry experts are of a view that this car could be priced between Rs. 20 lakhs and Rs. 25 lakhs, and will mark its presence on the Indian roads somewhere in October this year.
In the D segment, Hyundai is contemplating the launch of the new Sonata Diesel. One of the reasons for low sales of the Sonata, despite having a fluidic design, has been the lack of a diesel variant. As is being observed, buyers in most of the segments are preferring diesel variants over petrol nowadays. Coming to the powertrain, the new Sonata diesel is anticipated to get a 2.2 litre CRDi, which will churn out a maximum power of 193 bhp. In order to lure a large number of buyers across its stand, the upcoming model can be purchased both with 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission system options. Expect it to be priced in a bracket of Rs. 20 lakhs and Rs. 25 lakhs.
For the luxury sedan market, Hyundai had showcased i40 as far back as 2011 during the Geneva Motor Show. It is speculated that the company would launch two variants of petrol and diesel each for i40 by the end of 2013. A Blue Drive eco program will also be introduced with this vehicle, along with a new powertrain line up that will help the car maker in enhancing the figures of fuel efficiency and performance. The i40's petrol version is expected to have a 2.0 litre direct injection petrol engine with a power output of around 170 bhp, while its diesel version would be fitted with a 1.7 litre turbo diesel powertrain, delivering 115 bhp to 136 bhp of power. It is also expected to get some state-of-the-art features like Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS).
Hyundai also may launch the i45 in India, which is actually known as the Sonata in US. It gets a high waistline along with racy overtones, which makes it an exciting premium sedan. The overall sleek shape of this model results in a low drag coefficient and high fuel efficiency. Delightful features in the i45 include rain sensing wipers, glass roof with power tilt/adjustment and side mirrors with LED repeater lights. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) along with Electronic Braking Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) are some of the other safety features worth mentioning in this upcoming model. On the power front, the i45 is expected to get a 1998 cc petrol engine with 162 bhp of power. Price of this model should range between Rs. 16 lakhs to Rs. 18 lakhs.
Coming to the Utility Vehicle (UV) segment, which is the volume puller segment in India at the moment, Hyundai looks to tap its potential by launching the new Tucson. Internationally known as the ix35, the new Tucson looks more aggressive than other fluidic designs. It has a hexagonal front grille with 18-inch tyres that give this Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) an aggressive stance. In this new vehicle, more legroom and headroom will be offered than the previous version. The new Tucson could be fitted with a 2.0 litre CRDi diesel engine, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Power would be to the tune of 134 bhp and this vehicle may get a 4x4 variant as an option in the future.
Another vehicle that has been around in the luxury SUV segment for a while now is the Santa Fe. It will be the third generation of this SUV, which would be launched during 2013. Interestingly, the design concept of this vehicle, known as the 'Storm's Edge', has been adapted from the fluidic philosophy. It is longer and wider than the previous version, but with the same 2700 mm wheelbase. Its chassis layout is same as that of the i40. The engine in this vehicle would be 2.2 litre CRDi, developing 196 bhp. The car would get either 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, with the option of four wheel drive. One can expect the new Santa Fe to be priced between Rs. 22 lakhs to Rs. 26 lakhs.
One of Hyundai's most hyped launches for 2013 is the Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) christened as the Hexa Space. Various elements of family design have been incorporated, which can be seen in the hexagonal front grille and in the seat designs of this model. Eight hexagonal shaped seats have been fitted to maximise its internal space. Due to the innovative door design, in and out from Hexa Space is quite simple. Multiple seating configurations have been incorporated for serving different purposes- for example second row seats fold flat for limousine-like seating. The overall width of this vehicle is 1820 mm, which makes it simple to move around on narrow roads. 19-inch tyres have been fitted on this vehicle, giving it a purposeful stance. The Hexa space may set a benchmark in terms of passenger comfort and it can be anticipated to hit Indian markets during May 2013 with a price of Rs. 7 lakhs.
Hyundai is also speculated to launch the H-1 Wagon, a luxury Multi Utility Vehicle (MUV). It offers a lot of space and practicality on the inside and also does not appear as boxy as the Nissan Evalia. It would have a 2.5 litre CRDi diesel engine with Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT) technology. This engine would be configured to work with a 6-speed manual gearbox. There is a possibility that the H1-Wagon may be seen towards the end of 2013.
Similar to the sporty image created by the Veloster, Hyundai may want to enhance this image further by launching Hyundai Genesis, a luxury sports car. It is already available as a coupe and sedan for North American markets. It is the first rear wheel drive sports car from the Korean manufacturer. This coupe has a tremendous power-to-weight ratio, with its 3.8 litre DOHC engine generating 299 bhp of power. It also has 2.0 litre engine options with 207 bhp of maximum power. However, India may get one of 3.4, 3.8 and 4.7 litre engines for high fuel efficiency and with a reworked chassis. The coupe is lighter than the sedan, taking 5.7 seconds to reach 100 kmph from rest. It is a two-door sports car that is designed to attract attention and could be priced between Rs. 10 lakhs to Rs. 12 lakhs.
With so many vehicles in the pipeline, it remains to be seen that which of these speculations would actually be seen in the Indian market. Despite a sluggish market, Hyundai has decided to go ahead with new launches and expansion. One can say that the design of Hyundai vehicles would surely stand out against competition from other key players of the market.
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