Hyundai has been dominating the Indian Auto Market for almost 25 years now and has been people’s choice specifically in the SUV segment. Hyundai’s success in this segment is uncontested with the likes of Creta, Venue, the newly launched Alcazar, and more in its pocket. With the demand for this particular segment rocketing, Hyundai has decided to direct its primary focus on the SUVs and MPVs in India.
The South Korean Auto Giant had been planning to launch an MPV in India for quite a long time. About a decade ago, Hyundai had showcased their Indian-spec MPV concept in the form of Hexa Space. A few years later, the production-spec test mules were also spotted on Indian roads. However, a few years later the entire project was cancelled. Now, seeing the success of Ertiga and the likes, Hyundai’s decision to cancel the Hexa project seems to have backfired big time.
Working on its game plan, Hyundai is already working on a brand-new car, which will likely be a compact 7-seater MPV for the Indian market. Here, the new model will be positioned against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga that lies in the Rs 7.81- 10.59 lakh price range. It is however speculated that Hyundai’s MPV is likely to have a more premium edge in the price range of Rs 9-14 lakh for the base variant and the top-end variants respectively. The upcoming MPV is likely to be named STARGAZER and is expected to make its global debut next year including India, Indonesia, and Russia.
The Stargazer, internally codenamed as Hyundai KS is likely to hit the production line by the end of this year, probably from 15th September 2021. It’s supposedly the first model to roll out from Hyundai’s Indonesian manufacturing unit. Indonesians have a high affinity for MPVs, making it one of the most targeted markets for this launch. What Hyundai needs in India is a mass-market product like the Maruti Ertiga and XL6.
The company has been conducting test runs in various countries, but the first test mule has been spotted in Indonesia in a heavily camouflaged avatar. The spy pics on the internet have revealed quite a few interesting specs and features, though the test mules have been under complete wraps.
The Stargazer is speculated to be based on the same platform as Creta. It will also derive bits & fragments from the Alcazar too. For the powertrain, this MPV could borrow Alcazar’s engine which includes a 1.5-liter CRDi diesel unit and a 2.0-liter MPi petrol unit. This will give a heavy blow to its major competitor Ertiga which doesn’t offer a diesel engine option. The diesel unit will churn out power worth 113bhp with 145Nm and 250Nm peak torques respectively. Two transmission options are expected to be offered: a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic.
With its cab-forward design, Stargazer will boast of greater space compared to Alcazar and Creta. It’s also rumored to be longer than the Ertiga/XL6. It will definitely offer a more premium driving experience and features than all other Hyundai, Kia, and Maruti cars. Even though only heavily wrapped test mules are available online, one can notice its vertically placed LED taillamps, large greenhouse, and high-mounted stop lamp at the rear. The Hyundai Stargazer MPV also features a raked front windshield and a slightly sloping roofline.
The Hyundai KS will compete against the likes of Honda BR-V, Nissan Livinia, and Mitsubishi Xpander in Indonesia. However, it will compete against two of the top-selling MPVs in India – Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Innova Crysta.
while Hyundai is yet to confirm the launch news and timeline about the MPV in India, stay tuned with www.carjasoos.com for the latest updates about the Stargazer and all the latest launches.