Hyundai has officially unveiled the Hyundai Casper before its debut and released the images of the Micro-SUV. It is implied that it will first go on sale in Korea and then make its way into India by early 2022. It is also worth noting that Hyundai Casper is the smallest SUV in the carmakers’ global portfolio. However, it is expected that the Casper might be launched with a different name for the Indian market and will rival against the Tata Punch.
Talking about the exterior of the Hyundai Casper, it is best described as striking and quirky. Up front, it gets the split headlamps design which is in other Hyundai cars as well and the grille seems to be changed as well. The wheels have a really fresh and quirky design as well which is not seen with many cars. The wheel arches are squared-off to enhance the SUV look and give it some road presence. The roof rails add to the character as well. At the rear, it features a dual-tone look with the tailgate finished in gloss black. There are lights placed on the bumper and it also gets a faux skid plate arrangement.
In the unveiling, Hyundai has not revealed the images of the interior for the Casper. It can be said that the Casper is expected to connected car tech streamlining it with other cars in the line-up. Some spy sources have also suggested that the Micro-SUV might feature white interior upholstery along with a free-standing infotainment screen. You can expect the Hyundai Casper to be laden with all the necessary tech features which would be required.
In Korea, Hyundai would be offering the 1.0-litre naturally aspirated motor which is good for 76 bhp and the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol motor which is capable of producing 100 bhp. However, this will not be the case in India it seems. It remains to be seen whether the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol will be reserved for higher variants to keep costs on the lower side. It might get the 1.2-litre naturally aspirated unit which does duty on the Nios or the 1.1-litre unit which comes in the Hyundai Santro.
Hyundai Casper is based on K1 platform which also underpins the Hyundai Santro. There are no definite figures regarding the dimensions of the car, but several reports have suggested that it will be 3,595mm long, 1,595mm wide and 1,575mm high. The Casper is narrower and shorter than the Hyundai Santro and considerably smaller than the Hyundai Venue. It remains to be seen, how much space it opens up on the inside with these dimensions.
The only direct rival to the Hyundai Casper as of now is Tata Punch. It is expected to make its way into India early next year. Moreover, it might be pitted against Maruti ignis, Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite. It remains to be seen how well it does when it is launched in the Indian car market.