Ahead of entering production in September, Hyundai Casper, initially codenamed AX1 has been getting fresh updates and tweaks. For a quick recap, Hyundai Casper is a mid-sized compact SUV that is set to make its global debut in Korea followed by the Indian auto market. A reliable source has confirmed that the car will receive major changes in its powertrain and gearbox options.
What We Know So Far
The Hyundai Casper is expected to be Hyundai’s smallest SUV in the segment surpassing the sub-four-meter Venue. The mini SUV is essentially based on the K1 Compact platform that already acts as a mould for the Santro and Nios models.
The Casper test mules have been spotted running test drives in and around Korea. Despite flaunting a heavy camouflage, the spy shots have revealed stunning design elements like the unique split circular LED headlamps with DRLs, triangular-patterned LED tail-lights and an obvious boxy stance of the car on the front.
The overall look has lots of quirky elements and intricate design detailing that is sure to be revealed in due time. This includes body-coloured B-pillars, ORVMs, roof rails, and trippy wheel design. Dimension specifications should be around 1,575mm heightwise and 3,595mm lengthwise.
The Hyundai Casper is expected to get a spacious cabin in spite of its restricted dimensions. It’s to be equipped with tech features like a touchscreen infotainment panel, Automatic Climate Control, Parking Sensors, and a versatile multifunctional steering wheel. The spy shots have also revealed the usage of white upholstery for the skin.
Safety features of Casper that have been revealed look promising in ensuring the utmost safety of the vehicle and its passengers. Multiple Airbags, rear-view mirrors, ABS with EBD, and crash sensors are some of the inclusions in the list.
A document that was leaked this week has spilt the beans on the type of engine that Casper is supposed to be fitted with. It will be equipped with a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated and 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine in Korea. The naturally aspirated version is expected to churn out 76hp of power and the Turbo-petrol unit is expected to yield 100hp. Both the engine options are expected to be coupled with 4-speed automatic transmission. It’s worth mentioning that Hyundai will use the same turbo-petrol unit in Casper that it uses for its sub-compact SUV- Hyundai Venue.
Uncertainties surround the information on what kind of powertrain features would the Casper get in India. The strongest dibs are on the 1.0-litre Turbo-petrol unit for the higher trims and 1.2-litre Nios engine or the Santro’s 1.1-liter engine for the lower trims to cut down on the costs. The Nios engine is a four-cylinder fitting while the Santro’s engine is a three-cylinder. In India, it’s quite a possibility that manual transmission would be on the charts for Casper along with the AT.
Price Tag and Anticipated Launch
The Hyundai Casper will go on the market in Korea this month. Following its global debut, it is expected to go into series production by September this year and is expected to launch in India later in the same year. As for the price range, experts claim that it could be anywhere around Rs. 6 lakh (ex-showroom).