Hyundai is working on compact SUV that will be the smallest SUV in the Hyundai’s lineup for the India market. Codenamed as HND14 or Carlino, it was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo earlier this year in a concept form. Being a sub-4 metre model, the car will sit under Creta and will compete the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and Mahindra’s TUV300.
It has not been confirmed yet, whether the it will retain a squared, boxy designing, same as seen on the concept version. According to Autocar India, with the launch of the new SUV the Korean car maker will introduce a small-capacity turbo-petrol motor in the Indian market. So instead of a 1.2-litre Kappa unit, the compact SUV will be packed with a 1.0-litre power unit that can easily belt out 118 hp of power. This engine is similar to the one in the i20 hatchback in the international market. The reason being that why not a naturally aspirated but a turbo-petrol motor is being used in it is that the company believes that “strong mid-range torque of the turbo will be essential for the compact SUV.”
The Carlino-based compact SUV will also be offered the Hyundai’s popular 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel mill, the one that serves in the i20, Verna and Creta.
It will be the first project from the Hyundai’s Indian R&D centre in Hyderabad and plans to introduce its first AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) equipped car in the year 2018, hinting that the petrol variant might be paired with AMT transmission.