Hyundai India, at the launch of Creta, also confirmed that it would foray into MPV segment in 2016 by launching an all-new product. For those wondering, the South-Korean automajor unveiled Hexa Space concept at 2012 Indian Auto Expo, and the upcoming MPV is said to be based on it. Being internally codenamed as 'IP', it would share several elements with Creta.
Underpinning a budget-friendly architecture, it would be launched in both petrol and diesel guises. It has been learnt through various sources that Hyundai MPV's designing could be inspired from the Grand i10 hatchback. Even in February 2014, a couple of spy-shots of the pre-production model of this MPV surfaced online as it was in its initial phase of testing. It is also speculated that the new platform coming with this MPV might also spawn a few more models in future. Quite identical to its rival MPVs like Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Honda Mobilio, it is expected to have adequate space in the cabin with sliding seats.
Mechanically, as said before, Hyundai IP would arrive in both petrol and diesel guises. The petrol variants of the MPV would be powered by the 1.4L engines of the Verna mid-sized sedan in both the fuel trims. The 1.4L petrol motor churns out a maximum power of 105bhp, while the 1.4L diesel motor rakes in a top power of 89bhp. It is also being learnt that Hyundai might introduce the heavier and more powerful 1.6L engines later. Also, an automatic gearbox might be in offing as Hyundai did with the Creta to take the advantage of first-in-segment.