Day before yesterday at the Creta’s launch press conference Hyundai India confirmed about their plans to bring out an MPV, a segment which has seen a lot of flutter ever since the success of the Ertiga and of late the Mobilio and Lodgy. The very next day, first ever spyshots of the MPV, codenamed as IP, have come up at Autocar India which give us a good peak on how does Hyundai envision an MPV for our market.
As per the report, IP MPV will have extensive part sharing with the recently launched compact SUV Creta. The chassis though is expected to be a different one, sort of a hybrid of the existing versions to keep costs under check yet be low on compromise.
The report further adds that IP will initially be fitted with the 1.4 litre petrol and diesel mills sourced from their mid-size sedan Verna. Based on the demand they may introduce more powerful versions with the 1.6 litre petrol and diesel engines. They may even plonk in an automatic gearbox to make it an attractive proposition and give it another first in class feature.
The spy shots reveal that the MPV will be spacious thanks to its large dimensions. Expect a clever play with smart interior space, like what we have seen on the Mobilio. The looks do seem to be characteristic Hyundai with a wee bit of sporty touch to it.
The rear tailgate gets Creta inspired tail lamps and a chrome strip connecting them. The third row windows are tiny which may be claustrophobic and offer low visibility.
Coming to its launch, Hyundai confirmed that IP will NOT be launched this financial year and looking at the completeness of the test mule, expect a mid 2016 entry into India.