It took Hyundai awhile to catch as much as the SUV craze. Now that it is near caught up, the South Korean automaker might need its eye on main the craze. Hyundai will carry an A-segment crossover to the New York Auto Present. smaller and cheaper than the Kona. The mannequin’s been within the works abroad, India particularly, for a minimum of three years. Codenamed Qxi, with the worldwide identify Styx, it was previewed by an idea known as the Carlino proven on the Delhi Auto Expo in 2017,
Anticipated to go on sale in India this April, the Styx makes use of the identical platform because the Hyundai Grand i10 hatchback and Xcent sedan. Billed as a sub-four-meter mannequin in India, the crossover will are available below 157.four inches. To place that in U.S. perspective, the Kona is 164 inches lengthy, the Ford EcoSport is 161.three inches lengthy.
SangYup Lee, who runs Hyundai’s International Design Middle in South Korea, informed Motor Development, “We need to be formidable with CUVs,” and the dearth of A-segment competitors might open “a distinct segment market” for the carmaker. Needing to take advantage of use of smaller house, count on a “very very distinctive two field space,” Lee mentioned. In distinction to the Kona’s “actually quick profile, distinctive, iconic character… this one is nearly very boxy, daring, bulldoggy character.”
No matter last design we see in New York would be the tiny bracket for the eight-passenger Hyundai Palisade coming this summer season. The Styx is predicted on sale within the U.S. later this 12 months. Engines are mentioned to vary from a 1.2-liter fuel motor to a 1.5-liter diesel, with a conventional automated transmission for the U.S. market. An all-electric model, and a Kia mannequin on the identical platform, might come afterward.