Hyundai will expand its SUV range with two new models globally, one positioned at the bottom of the line-up and the other up top. The former, codenamed Hyundai A-CUV, was recently spotted on South Korean roads, spy pictures posted by SHM’s Studio - Car & LEGO have revealed.
The A-CUV is an amalgamation of traditionally designed models like the Creta and radically designed modern models like the Kona that leads the SUV design progression at Hyundai. At the front, it will likely have a twin-headlamp setup what Hyundai calls ‘Composite Light’ and an extra large Cascading grille. From the sides, the Hyundai A-CUV looks like a mini-Hyundai Creta. The rear-end is still hidden beneath the heavy camouflage.
Hyundai Latin America’s product specialist Armando Cardoso has said that the Hyundai A-CUV will ride on a completely new platform. No other details are available, but we expect it to come with at least the 1.0-litre T-GDI turbocharged petrol engine that is common among A- and, B-segment Hyundai models in the western markets.
The Hyundai A-CUV is a model meant mainly for developed markets. In the USA, it will go on sale around 2020, Hyundai announced in November last year. Most mature markets where the Hyundai Kona is sold could get the Hyundai A-CUV, trying to capture more conquest buyers.
This model is unlikely to arrive in India, for which the South Korean automaker is contemplating a different micro-SUV and has planned a larger sub-4 metre B-SUV (codename: Hyundai QXi). The former is unlikely to arrive this decade, while the latter's launch is in April next year.
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