Hyundai India has announced that its upcoming small SUV will be called the Exter when it comes out. The Hyundai Exter will start to be made in large numbers by July of this year, which suggests that it will be on the market by August. The Exter micro SUV, which was formerly called the Ai3, will be made in India and sold in neighboring countries in the future.
Hyundai Exter exterior design, platform
Even though the SUV hasn’t been shown to the public yet, Hyundai sent out teasers today that shows a rough sketch of its exterior design. This proves that it is a tall SUV with a flat-ish hood and tailgate. This proves that it has boxy proportions.
From what we know, the Exter will have a split-headlamp design like the Creta, Venue, and Alcazar, with LED daytime running lights at the top and a square headlamp like the Venues below it. The daytime running lights will have an “H” pattern, which was also seen on test mules of the upcoming Santa Fe SUV, which will make its world debut later this year.
Coming back to the Exter, the taillights are expected to have a different, more angular shape, and they will likely be connected by an LED light bar. The side profile will have some fake cladding, especially around the wheel arches and along the doors, to make it look more like an SUV. Hyundai will also give the Exter a little more ground clearance than the Grand i10 Nios.
Hyundai Exter will get at least two gas-powered engines
The base engine option for the Exter will be the same 1.2-liter, 83-hp, naturally aspirated gasoline engine as the Venue, Grand i10 Nios, and Aura. As we recently reported, the second engine option will be a 1.0-liter turbo-petrol engine that could join the lineup later.
Sources say that the Hyundai 1.0 T-GDi turbo-petrol engine will give the Exter an edge over the popular Tata Punch, which does not have a turbo-petrol option.
It would also let customers choose a more powerful and torquey engine that would be meant to fill the gap left by the diesel engine. The Exter, on the other hand, will come with a factory-installed CNG option, and there are also talks of an all-electric version that will join the lineup at a later time.