The Hyundai QXi, which is said to reach showrooms as the ‘Hyundai Styx’, is intended for sale in emerging and developed markets. This month, the India-bound model was confirmed for Australia.
CarAdvice reports that Hyundai’s Australian subsidiary has said that the new entry-level SUV should reach showrooms in the second half of 2019. Previewed by the Hyundai HND-14, ‘Carlino’ concept at Auto Expo 2016, it is expected to have its market debut in India. Australia, South Africa and many other RHD markets are likely to source this model from India.
The Hyundai QXi will have its world premiere at the 2019 New York International Auto Show next month, a report from Motor Trend said last week. SangYup Lee, Vice President of Styling at Hyundai Design Center, told the American publication that the upcoming SUV has a “very very distinctive two box area.”
Comparing the Hyundai QXi with the Hyundai Kona, Lee said that “it's smaller and it's distinctively different than Kona.” “So, imagine Kona as a really fast profile, distinctive, iconic character to it, but this one is almost very boxy, bold, bull-doggy character,” he added. Spy shots show that the entry-level model, which will measure no longer than 4,000 mm in length, has a profile very similar to that of the traditionally designed Hyundai Creta.
In India, the Hyundai QXi will come with three engine options: 100 PS 1.0-litre T-GDI turbocharged petrol, 100 PS 1.4-litre Kappa Dual VTVT naturally aspirated petrol and 90 PS 1.4-litre U2 CRDi turbocharged diesel. Transmission choices will likely include 6-speed manual and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The Hyundai QXi will compete with the Mahindra XUV300, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and Tata Nexon in India.
[Source 1: caradvice.com.au]
[Source 2: motortrend.com]