Hyundai’s low cost car simple and more functional; m badges for i20 and i30 MPVs
Korean carmaker Hyundai has made grand plans to rival Japanese car major Toyota’s iQ. The iQ is among the smallest cars you can buy off a showroom, whose concept was introduced back in 2007 at a glitzy Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007.
Sources in Hyundai have revealed the car will look simpler but will be more functional. This gives rise to doubts whether this is the small car which Hyundai will position under the Santro in India in 2011.
“It would be sort of modular and minimalist in a Citroën 2CV kind of way,” he added. That’s a big indication that yes, something simple is coming from Hyundai’s house and after knowing how Indians have received the i10, this may be another blockbuster. Chances are this car will be produced only in India, just like the i10, but that’s just a calculated guess from us here at Indian Autos Blog.
To keep costs down, and to make more cars, Hyundai might use one engine through the range, while mixing and matching interior items. This car could use a low-cost 800 cc engine, with Kappa engine technology to promote fuel economy.
Last year we had informed you on Hyundai’s MPV plans and the Hyundai insider has also stated that those junior MPVs (Multi Purpose Vehicle) based on the i20 which has been recently launched in Indian market, and future India prospect i30, will get badges i20m and i30m respectively. A 126bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine is in contention under the m’s bonnets.
Pictured– Hyundai E-Cubed E3 concept