Hyundai India has unveiled the HND-14 compact SUV concept at the ongoing 2016 Auto Expo. Being christened as Hyundai Carlino, it measures less than 4 meters in length. The Carlino sub-compact SUV is being designed by the company's Namyang design center in South Korea. The South-Korean automaker is planning to launch a compact SUV based on this concept to challenge the likes of Ford EcoSport, TUV300 and Maruti Vitara Brezza.
As for exterior styling, the Carlino concept flaunts square-shaped headlamps, hexagonal grille and skid plate at the front. There are the massive wheel arches and roof carriers to keep the sportiness intact. The headlamps also have LED daytime running lights (DRLs). The rear-end boasts of angular tail-lamps, a chic tail-gate and skid plate. However, as it is in concept form right now, it is believed that when it would enter production, things would be toned down. The interior cabin wasn't revealed by the company at the event. However, it was being learnt that Hyundai HND-14 or the Carlion concept is built on the Elite i20 hatchback's platform.
Mechanically, the Carlion is expected to be launched in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The engines could be shared with the Elite i20 hatch. The petrol variants might be powered by the 1.2L VTVT Kappa engine, while the diesel variants could be on offer with the 1.4L U2 CRDi engine. The petrol engine, as with the i20, could be available with the 5-speed manual transmission and the diesel engine with the 6-speed manual gearbox. An automatic variant could also be presented. However, as one can clearly notice that the Carlino is still in the concept and it would at least take one year before we get to see the production version.