Hyundai is all set to take up the competition to the next level in Indian car market. The company is already flourishing in Indian marketing by the ultimate models of Eon to Creta SUV. The line-up will include new models and updated version of existing cars by 2020.
The new hatchback will be on a modified HA platform that reinforced the now-discontinued i10 hatchback. The updated version of the original Hyundai Santro’s ‘Epsilon’ four cylinder petrol engine will be powering the car. Manual transmission will be standard but the option of an AMT (automated manual transmission) will also be available.
Hyundai will start sales of the Kona EV in India by 2019. The price of Kona EV will start from Rs 25 lakh and it will be a five seat electric derivative. Hyundai is targeting to sell 50-60 units per month and initially be sold in 15 cities across India. The Kona will get 39.2 kWh battery pack and with 300 km range. With a top speed of 155 kpl, its electric motor churns out 134hp and 395Nm of torque that allows the Kona to do the 0-100kph sprint in 9.7sec. The EV's styling is similar to that of the standard model but subtle differences like the absence of exhausts and a closed grille help differentiate it. Also, it gets minor tweaks on the inside like the addition of a digital dashboard.
In 2019, it will also step into the compact SUV market in India. There was a SUV concept by the name of Carlino at 2016 AutoExpo but since then there was no such news about the model.
Tucson is the higher up the SUV ladder. Tucson was already unveiled the mid-cycle by Hyundai internationally and now is expected to bring it to India too. Tucson takes on the likes of the Jeep Compass and the Volkswagen Tiguan in the Indian market.
The Elantra is due for an update and it is Hyundai’s stylish executive sedan for India. The major revisions will be done on front and rear bumpers while the headlight will have LED units with projector beam setup.
Santa Fe SUV will also be back to Indian market by Hyundai. Tucson sales were affected due to the previous generation model with moderate success. The latest-gen Santa Fe has radical styling with a Kona-like nose and larger dimensions for more interior room. It also features various high-tech safety features like automatic emergency braking. If launched in India, the Santa Fe could take on the likes of the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner and the Skoda Kodiaq.
No news of the model Hyundai i30 hatchback in India but the company is testing the model. Hyundai is aiming to increase production capacity by 50,000 units along with new model launches.
The new model launch and enhancement of production capacity will surely encourage the sales of Hyundai but will might have a new competition from Kia Motors too.