Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) is working on a new micro SUV. The company is preparing it for the Indian market. This car will be placed below the Hyundai Venue in the company’s portfolio. It will compete directly with the Tata Punch in the Indian market.
Tata Punch has become a hit in the market soon after its launch. Ever since the Casper was revealed, speculation about Hyundai’s entry into the micro SUV space has been rife. However, customers will have to wait a bit for this small SUV. This car has been given the company Hyundai Ai3 codename.
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The Hyundai Ai3 will reportedly go on sale during the festive season next year (late 2023) and thus could be unveiled as a concept at the 2023 Auto Expo in January. Still, there has yet to be an official confirmation from the company. Has been. The micro SUV will also challenge entry-level sub-four-metre SUVs such as the well-received Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite.
Based on Aura’s architecture
The second largest carmaker in the country has been considering a micro SUV for a long time. Even before the Pandemic, the company had given the green signal to this project. Upcoming car news It will likely be based on the same architecture as the Grand i10 Nios and Hyundai Aura and is expected to come with a luscious sporty look.
The Hyundai Ai3 could use the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that powers the i10 Nios, and a CNG variant could also join later. The South Korean auto major will target high-volume sales with the upcoming micro SUV. It could offer several premium features related to comfort, convenience, entertainment and connectivity in the top-spec trims.