Hyundai Motor America has revealed plans to launch 8 new or re-engineered CUVs (Crossover Utility Vehicles) in the United States by 2020. An entry-level A-segment Hyundai compact SUV will be a part of the company's future lineup positioned below the Hyundai Kona.
Mike O’Brien, vice president, product, corporate and digital planning, Hyundai Motor America said -
Very soon we are going to have the most diverse CUV powertrain lineup in the industry. These vehicles will show the engineering prowess of the more than 13,000 engineers Hyundai Motor Company has working on current and future models every single day. Our customers are going to have a lot of great CUV choices in our dealerships.
Hyundai's plans include a sub-Kona A-segment SUV/crossover scheduled to arrive by 2020. The Kona measures 4,165 mm so, the new compact SUV is likely to be a sub-4 m offering. Interestingly, a sub-4 m Hyundai compact SUV for the Indian market based on the Carlino (HND-14) concept showcased at the Auto Expo in February 2016 is already under development. It is possible that the project, codenamed Hyundai QXi, is being developed keeping the American market in mind.
Hyundai's SUV/crossover model offensive will be kicked off with the Kona in 2018. It will be joined by an electric variant that is expected to make its debut at next year's Geneva Motor Show.