Hyundai to launch MPV in India by 2016
We were sure that Hyundai will be launching an MPV in India when the company unveiled the Hexa Space concept at the 2012 Auto Expo. Hyundai started with the testing phase of the upcoming MPV soon after and test mules of the same have been caught testing in the past. At the Creta SUVs launch in New Delhi, the Korean car major has finally revealed that they will be launching an MPV soon to take on the Maruti Ertiga and the Honda Mobilio in the segment.
Going by the codename ‘IP’, the new Hyundai MPV is expected to share many of its parts with the recently launched Creta. However, the vehicle will be based on a lower platform such as the Grand i10, while borrowing many of the platform’s parts from other cars of the same stable. This so called ‘hybrid’ platform could lead to the development of more cars in the near future as well. The multi- purpose vehicle is expected to borrow its engines from the Verna including the 1.4-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engines which are tuned to produce 105 BHP and 89 BHP respectively. The more powerful 1.6-litre petrol (121 BHP) and diesel (126 BHP) engines could be introduced later. The Korean carmaker is also contemplating to give the vehicle a segment first automatic transmission as well.
The test mule seen in the pictures is only a prototype and the production ready version is expected to look more exciting. Judging by the size of the MPV, space should be available in plenty and Hyundai might give it sliding seats, much like what Maruti Suzuki and Honda have done with their own MPVs. This will help in increasing efficiency on the interior space front. Hyundai is also looking to launch a sub-4 metre SUV that could be based on the upcoming “IP” MPV’s platform.
Source – Autocarindia.com