New Sub-4 Meter SUV from Hyundai based on the Carlino concept…

We recently reported that Hyundai has started testing it’s Vitara Brezza rival in India already. The compact SUV has been codenamed as QXi. Now, the car has been caught testing again, this time near Hyundai’s plant in Sriperambadur. The car in the pics appears to be production ready. It also looks like some sort of a puja has been performed on the car, notice that vermilion marks on the wheels. These pics were shared in a story done by Rushlane recently. As shared earlier, the compact SUV is based on the boxy Carlino concept which was first showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo in New Delhi.

We know from the earlier spy shots that the upcoming car will have a front grille featuring Hyundai’s new cascading design language, as seen on all the latest offerings from the Korean brand. Also, the car appears to have seen a departure from the design of the original concept. It will be interesting to see how the final product looks when it comes to the market. The car is expected to be launched in 2019. It was caught testing for the first time some days ago in the USA and later in South Korea as well.

New Sub-4 Meter SUV from Hyundai – What to Expect?

From the various spy pics, we can see that the new SUV has seen a departure from the design language of the Carlino concept. The roof, for instance, will be tapering down towards the rear rather than being more straight-ish as on the concept. Also, the rear window will have the trailing arm follow the slope of the roof instead of being straight. Further, the bonnet appears to be slightly longer too, if compared to the concept. Another interesting bit to notice is the grille of the car. As said above, the car in the spy pics now follows Hyundai’s cascading design. Earlier test mules had a more quadrilateral shaped ones. The new grille will now make the car more in synch with Creta’s design.

The other clear feature to be seen is the headlight unit of the car. It appears to be more verticle than swept back, an interesting change. It will feature DRL’s on top and projector headlights below it. Expect it to also house indicators somewhere. This is the only piece which remains squarish and in line with Carlino’s design (though completely different from the units on it). Foglamps will be housed in the bumper at the extreme lower part. We can also notice a silver skid plate and a small air dam on the bumper. Also, bulges on the wheel arches can be seen, these may be the cladding hiding under the camouflage.

Hyundai’s Carlino compact SUV

New Sub-4 Meter SUV from Hyundai – Interiors & Features

The spy pics do not show much on the interior of the test mule but, knowing Hyundai we can rest assured that the car will come loaded to the brim. Features like a touchscreen infotainment system, auto climate control etc. are a given. What we need to see is the design theme which the new car will carry on the inside.

We can expect the new SUV to make its global debut next year and then get launched in India sometime later. The car is expected to be positioned under Creta and rival Brezza, Nexon and Ecosport in our market.


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