New spy shots of the Hyundai Styx (Hyundai Leonis), which goes by the codename Hyundai QXi, have surfaced online from South Korea, courtesy Bobaedream.
The Hyundai Styx is the brand’s entry-level SUV that will slot below the Hyundai Creta or Hyundai Kona depending on where it is marketed. It was previewed by the Hyundai HND-14, ‘Carlino’ concept at the Auto Expo 2016. The production model features a Cascade design grille, Composite Light - a design comprising slim DRLs positioned on top of the headlights, a Hyundai Creta-style greenhouse, two-tone alloy wheels and a shark fin antenna. The version spotted is a high-spec as it comes with rear disc brakes.
In India, the Styx will fill the void of a sub-4 metre SUV in Hyundai’s line-up featuring a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine and a new 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine. The petrol engine, not available in any of the Hyundai models in India currently, will produce 118 hp and 171 Nm of torque. The diesel engine is expected to come in a tuning of 115 hp and 250 Nm. Word out there is that the company plans to offer a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine as well, to keep the entry-price at bargain levels.
The Hyundai Styx will reach showrooms at the end of the first quarter of 2019, Puneet Anand, Sr. General Manager & Group Head, Marketing, Hyundai Motor India, has confirmed to IAB. It will compete with the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport. Next month, the Mahindra S201 will also enter this segment.
The Hyundai Styx may cost around INR 7.5 lakh (ex-showroom) onwards.
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