2016 has been a bit of a quiet, uneventful year for South Korean car maker Hyundai in India. However, the company does have a slew of launches slated for the latter part of this year and early 2017 as well. In this article, we tell you which new cars you can expect to see on Indian roads from this company in the near future.
The Genesis will be the biggest ever attempt by Hyundai to enter the luxury car segment of the Indian car market. Hyundai is giving serious thought to bringing this car to India via the Completely Built-Up Unit (CBU) route. The Genesis is available in international markets with a selection of engines that range in displacement from 3.0 litres all the way up to 5.0 litres. The vehicle is very well kitted out too, including a high end infotainment system, rear seat entertainment systems and more.
Hyundai Elite i20 Automatic
The i20 is undeniably one of the most successful cars ever launched in India by Hyundai. It continues to be one of the strongest selling models in their Indian fleet. To keep its appeal up, Hyundai will be launching an automatic version of the car in November this year. Although the i20 is on sale in India in both petrol and diesel versions, the 6 speed automatic gearbox (the very same unit used in the Hyundai Creta automatic) will be available only to customers who choose the petrol-powered version of the car.
New Hyundai Elantra
Come September 2016 and Hyundai will launch the all new Elantra in India to take on new competitors. The changes will include a good amount of styling changes including an entirely new hexagonal front grille that make the car look tauter and more purposeful than before. The inside of the car will get even more features and standard equipment than before. Apart from the 1.6 litre petrol and diesel engines being carried over, Hyundai could also bring their new 2.0 litre petrol motor. Buyers can choose between 6 speed manual and automatic gearboxes as well. Expect the new Elantra to cost a tad bit more than the model it will soon replace.
Hyundai Carlino Concept
This new sub 4 metre concept from Hyundai takes a totally different approach to design than other Hyundai cars. While most other cars from this automaker features smooth, fluid lines; the Carlino is decidedly cubic in shape to give it a rugged, outdoorsy look. The vehicle was shown to us at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo in February but, the company has not revealed any details about when this vehicle might go into mass production. We expect it to go on sale some time in 2018 and when it does, vehicles such as the Ford EcoSport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Mahindra TUV300 will definitely need to sit up and take notice.
New Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson will enter the Indian car market again when Hyundai launches its latest version in the month of October this year. The Tucson will be positioned above the Creta and below the Santa Fe. We expect the new Tucson to be powered by either a 1.7 litre, 113 bhp diesel engine or a 2.0 litre, 134 bhp diesel engine. Prospective owners will be given the choice of manual and automatic transmissions, and the vehicle will have a long list of features as well, as all modern Hyundai vehicles do.
New Hyundai Verna
Another hugely successful model in the Hyundai India fleet is the Hyundai Verna, and sometime during the middle of next year, Hyundai will be launching the new, facelifted Verna in India. As seen in the spy shot above, the car has received a significant design overhaul. The Verna now sports the signature hexagonal front grille that all new Hyundais seem to be coming with, new headlights, new tail lamps and remodelled bumpers. Hyundai will equip the new Verna with more tech as well but, the engine options for this new version are expected to remain unaltered.