If there is one manufacturer which we can call ‘aggressive’ all seasons of the year, it has to be Hyundai in India. They are the second largest manufacturer in the country and have lined up some real impressive products for the coming years.
Apart from a compact SUV (against EcoSport/Duster), MPV (against Ertiga) and a compact sedan (against Dzire/Amaze), Hyundai has 3 very important small car launches planned and that too in the coming 18 months only. Let us list them in order of their expected launch time:
- i10 Grand: Unwrapped just yesterday, here is the i10 Grand for the Indian market which will sit between the current i10 and i20. We have talked extensively regarding the i10 Grand in an earlier post. Read the details here. This will be the first product from the company that will be launched in a couple of months.
- Eon 1 Liter: So, it becomes apparently clear that the spyshots of the hidden Eon mule that was caught just a few days back should, in fact, be the Eon with a 1 Liter petrol engine. Eon with a bigger engine is exactly the same ploy which Maruti employs with their Alto brand. Eon 1Liter will go against the current Alto K10 and other similar segment cars. And does this mean an end to Santro?
- Next-Gen i20: This story clears that the next-gen i20, which was also caught testing somewhere in South India, is headed for a show here sometime next year. This is really an interesting development considering that the current i20 looks absolutely fresh and we do not feel it will go outdated by next year; but then it was the same story with the earlier i20 as well and that’s the way Hyundai plays its games!
Its a lot cooking up at Hyundai’s stables and they really want to chase Maruti down in a run up to the end of this decade. But will they be able to?
Source: Economic Times