Hyundai could launch 2021 Starex MPV or 2021 Santa Fe SUV in India - Report

18/03/2020 - 18:13 | ,  ,   | Sagar Parikh

Hyundai has a product in almost every category in the A, B and C segments in India. Now, it is looking at re-entering the D segment with the 2021 Starex MPV or the 2021 Santa Fe SUV.

2021 Hyundai Starxe Hyundai H1 1
Hyundai is eyeing models like the Kia Carnival and Toyota Fortuner in India and wants to re-enter the D segment now.

Hyundai is eyeing models like the Kia Carnival and Toyota Fortuner in India. “We are very cautiously studying the feasibility of having something in that (D) segment,” S S Kim told PTI recently. “In the past, we tried to enter into that segment many times but were not successful due to various reasons,” he added. He was referring to the Hyundai Santa Fe, which was available in the country in its second and third generations.

Speaking further, Kim talked about the practicality and body style of the future mid-size model. “Our approach has much more focus on high occupancy vehicle type,” he said. "So, they can be covered by MPV, but at the same time they can be covered by any multi-seater vehicle,” he added.

The fourth-gen Hyundai Santa Fe that was introduced in February 2018 is getting an early facelift in May 2020. In the months to follow, the third-gen Hyundai Starex will debut. Spy shots suggest that it will be a mechanical cousin of the fourth-gen Kia Carnival that is scheduled to hit South Korean dealerships in July 2020.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe front three quarters left side at 2018 Geneva Motor Show
The fourth-gen Hyundai Santa Fe has been reported to be on the cards for India in the past.

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The latest report suggests that Hyundai will either launch the 2021 Santa Fe mid-size SUV or the 2021 Starex minivan in India next year. Stay tuned to for more Hyundai updates and other four-wheeler news.

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