India's second largest car maker Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) has had a good run in 2016 so far with it models such as Creta, Grand i10 and Elite i20 doing good sales. The Korean carmaker has over 16 percent market share in India so far. In a bid to improve market share, the carmaker is planning to launch many new cars in the next couple of years. We have compiled a list of upcoming Hyundai cars for India.
The next launch of Hyundai is the Tucson SUV that will be positioned between Creta and Santa Fe SUVs. Hyundai will launch the SUV on November 14. The Tucson is not a new name in India. Hyundai had sold the first generation of the Tucson in India from 2005 to 2010. The new version is in its third generation and comes with Fluidic 2.0 design philosophy in line with other new Hyundai cars. The SUV is built on a new platform that offers larger cabin space. It will be powered by a 2.0-litre CRDi diesel engine tuned in two state of tunes -- 135bhp and 180bhp -- mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Bookings are already open for a token amount of Rs 25,000.
Hyundai Eon facelift
With the arrival of Renault Kwid and Datsun redi-Go, completion in the entry-level hatchback segment has got intense. Hyundai will launch the new Eon in this segment. It is expected to undergo extensive changes both inside and outside. As for engine, the new Eon is likely to carry the same engines of the exiting model. In India, Hyundai Eon is sold in two engine options -- 800 cc petrol and 1.0 litre three-cylinder one. The new addition will be four-speed automatic transmission in the 1.0 litre variant.
All new Santro
All though it is not confirmed officially, many reports state that Hyundai is planning to bring back one of the most successful nameplates, the Santro. The new iteration of Santro is expected in 2018, which is internally called AH. Reports say the new Santro will have a crossover stance and it will be based on a new platform that will be shared by the company with the Kia brand as well. The car will be powered by either 800cc engine or a 1.0-litre engine, and both will be highly frugal.
Hyundai Grand i10 facelift
The face-lifted avatar of the Grand i10 is expected to enter India in mid-2017. Hyundai recently unveiled the face-lifted version of i10 for the European market. The new Grand i10 will come with a new front grille which Hyundai calls as Cascading grille. The car will sport reworked front bumper and a set of new, round LED daytime running lights, positioned at the top edges of the grille. It will get sportier rear bumper design with a dual-tone finish. Inside the cabin, the face-lifted Grand i10 could get a new touchscreen infotainment system.
Next generation Verna
Hyundai has just launched the next generation of Verna sedan in China. The new Verna has been carved out from the Verna concept unveiled at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show with minor tweaks. The 2017 Verna measures 4,380mm in length, 1,728mm in width and 1,460mm in height meaning it is 5mm longer and 28mm wider than the outgoing model. New version is also a 30mm longer in wheelbase. As a part of Hyundai's new design language, the new Verna comes with new Cascading front grille. The interior has been updated with all black upholstery and a large touch-screen is housed at the centre of dashboard.
HND-14 Carlino based compact SUV
Hyundai will also launch a new product in the burgeoning compact SUV space. The new compact SUV is expected in 2018 and it will be carved out from the HND-14 Carlino concept Hyundai unveiled at Auto Expo 2016. Hyundai's compact SUV will be based on the stretched i10 platform and the vehicle will share many parts of i20 and Creta. The production-spec will be Hyundai's first project from its Indian R&D centre in Hyderabad.
Hyundai will give mid-life update for the Creta SUV by the end of next year. The new version will get cosmetic upgrades such as larger radiator grille with chrome outlining. The vertically positioned fog lamps of the current version will be replaced with a slim horizontally designed unit. The faux skid plate at the lower front bumper will be wider. At the rear, arrangement inside the tail lamps will be reworked, but the design will stay untouched.