An IAB reader who prefers to remain anonymous has spotted the Hyundai Styx on test on the Panvel-Mumbai highway. Last month, reader Harini T Raja had spotted the new sub-compact SUV.
Essentially the production avatar of the Hyundai HND-14 'Carlino' concept from Auto Expo 2016, the Hyundai Styx (Hyundai QXi) will leverage the burgeoning demand for sub-4 metre SUVs in its effort to become one of HMIL's best sellers.
The exterior of the Styx combines the Creta’s traditional SUV proportions with modern touches of the upscale Hyundai Kona, as we had depicted in our rendering earlier.
According to Hyundai Latin America’s product planner Armando Cardoso, the Styx could be riding on a new platform. The word from Stanley Anderson, Hyundai Automotive South Africa’s Sales and Operations Director, is that Hyundai's small SUV sits on the Hyundai Verna platform, and that seems the most plausible case.
Engine options of the Hyundai's first sub-4m SUV will include a new (for India) locally manufactured 120 PS 1.0-litre T-GDI unit - Hyundai’s first turbocharged petrol engine in the country - and a 115 hp (116.64 PS) 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel unit operating with a standard 6-speed manual transmission. Here the company may offer a Smart Auto AMT option instead of the expensive conventional torque converter of the Creta.
India will get the Hyundai Styx first globally, in around end of March 2019. Aimed squarely at the Vitara Brezza, India’s best-selling SUV, it could cost between INR 7-8 lakh (ex-showroom) for the most basic configuration.