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Hyundai to bring new models in 2019 based on the new Santro's K1 platform

Hyundai to bring new models in 2019 based on the new Santro's K1 platform

Snapshot: The latest edition of the K1 Platform will bolster all the sub-four-metre or subcompact variants such as the much-awaited Vitara Brezza competitor subcompact SUV and the next generation 2019 Hyundai Grand i10 hatchback.

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Hyundai India has more in store for the year 2019 after the new Santro. The Korean automaker is mulling over two new models which will be supported by an advanced form of the all-new K1 platform. This platform has already made its debut with the new Santro.

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The first model of the lot is the much-awaited subcompact SUV codenamed QX1. The second will be the next generation Grand i10 (worldwide, it is the i10 with a shorter wheelbase).

MD & CEO of Hyundai Motor India, Y K Koo said, "We have launched the much awaited new Hyundai Santro, and a couple of launches will follow next year, which together should help us achieving a market share of over 30 per cent in the compact car segment in India."

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Going forward, the K1 platform will be used as a standard in all sub-four metre cars from the Hyundai (and likely Kia) stable. Mainly because it is lightweight, better rigidity to meet the crash test requisites and versatility to be moulded in varied size and shape - allowing both Hyundai and Kia to use it for various models in different body styles.

According to Hyundai, the K1 platform is 63 per cent harder than the former small car platform. It is an improvised category of Hyundai-Kia's SA platform that features in a number of compact models for the two brands internationally. The Kia Picanto and the current Hyundai Grand i10 are couple of examples.

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The QX1 subcompact SUV will be pitted against Ford EcoSport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon once launched in 2019. In 2020, the K1 platform will also likely be incorporated in the second generation Hyundai Xcent subcompact sedan, which will rival new generations of the Honda Amaze and Maruti Suzuki Dzire.

Hyundai Motor Company will also consider introducing more cars to India in 2019, for example, the Kona Electric SUV and the revamped Tucson compact SUV and a probable reintroduction of the full-size all-new Santa Fe SUV.

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