According to our report earlier this month, Hyundai’s upcoming micro-SUV (codenamed AX1) will be named Casper. Ahead of the model’s upcoming entry into production in September, we have some new details about its engines. Korea will be the first emerging market to sell Casper and other countries like India will follow.
The Hyundai Casper is said to have two engine choices in Korea: a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated engine and a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine. It will be paired with a four-speed automatic transmission as standard and the naturally aspirated engine will produce 76ps. Meanwhile, the turbocharged 100hp engine, originally developed for the Venue in India, will generate 100ps. Additionally, it will be equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission.
Hyundai has yet to announce which engine options will be available with the Casper in India. Rather than use the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine for all models, Hyundai may opt to use the four-cylinder 1.2-litre engine from the Nios or the three-cylinder 1.1-litre engine from the Santro to keeps the costs under control. Tata’s upcoming HBX micro-SUV, driving on petrol, will be a threat to Casper in India. In terms of transmission options, there will certainly be a manual option available in Casper’s India lineup.
What else do we know?
The Casper is Hyundai’s smallest SUV worldwide, making it smaller than even the Venue, which stands at less than four meters in length. The platform is similar to the one that underpins our Grand i10 Nios and Santro compacts.
Multiple Casper’s have been spotted testing abroad in camouflaged form. However, spy shots have revealed several unique design elements, including a split setup for the headlamps with DRLs, triangular designs on the taillights, and even an upright, boxy silhouette. Casper is expected to come with white upholstery on its interior, according to the spy shots.
Indian competitors and the launch
Casper will be unveiled next month in Korea, after which Hyundai will begin production. It is expected that India will be one of the next markets for Casper. Casper is a direct rival to Tata’s upcoming HBX and will compete with high-riding hatchbacks like Maruti Suzuki’s Ignis as well.