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Hyundai New B-Segment Hatchback To Compete With Rival Maruti———s Swift

By Motortrend India Staff   |   31 January,2013

Hyundai Motor India, country’s second largest manufacturer of cars, is busy architecting its new hatchback that is to be positioned between the i10 and the i20. The new hatch is likely to contest against the current segment leader, the Maruti Suzuki Swift. Hyundai’s hatchback portfolio currently comprises of bestsellers like Santro, Eon, i10 and i20.

Called as the BA (code name), the new hatchback will embrace Hyundai’s much-admired fluidic design. Under the hood, the car will get a 1.1-litre diesel and 1.2-litre petrol engine. While some are touting Hyundai’s new car as the next-gen i10, others are expecting it to be a brand new car altogether. However, sources have confirmed that the new car will be based on the i10 platform.

The new car, which is being developed out of South Korea, has over 100 Indian engineers working on the R&D. The car is currently undergoing the testing phase in South Korea and is likely to hit the Indian showroom ahead of the festive season this year.

However, when asked to enlighten us more on this, the Hyundai India officials preferred to stay tight-lipped.

Rakesh Srivastava, VP- sales & marketing, Hyundai Motor India Ltd, said, "As part of our corporate policy, we do not comment on speculation on future products."

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