The Hyundai Casper will sit below the Venue globally; likely to rival Tata Punch and Maruti Ignis in India.
Ahead of its debut in South Korea later this month, Hyundai has officially released the first images of the upcoming Casper micro-SUV, revealing the production-spec exterior design. The Hyundai Casper will be smallest SUV in the brand’s global portfolio. It will first go on sale in Korea and is then expected to make it to India by early 2022. We are told that the Casper SUV could get a different market name in India.
1.0-litre naturally aspirated and turbo-petrol engines
Based on K1 platform that also underpins the Santro
Will rival upcoming Tata Punch
Could get a different market name in India
Hyundai Casper: exterior design
Quirky is the word that best describes the Hyundai Casper’s design. Characterised by an upright and very boxy silhouette, the Casper has very unique design details. Like most new Hyundai SUVs, the face gets a split-LED headlamp set-up, with the LED DRLs positioned on top in a gloss black panel along with the brand logo. Meanwhile, the main circular headlamps with LED rings are positioned in the bumper.
What’s really unique about the face are the triangular motifs on the silver grille. In fact, there seem to be two versions of the grille, and the other one is finished in gloss black with circular design motifs that mimic the headlamps. It also gets a faux silver skid plate and a flat bonnet. In typical SUV fashion, there’s also generous body cladding all around.
In profile, you’ll notice the Casper’s heavily flared and squared-off wheel arches. The window line is particularly unique, with different shapes for the front and rear windows. The A-pillar has been blacked-out, while the B-pillar is finished in body colour. Meanwhile, the rear door handles are neatly integrated in the C-pillar. The Casper also gets roof rails and stylish dual-tone alloy wheels.
At the back, the tailgate gets a dual-tone look, with the upper-half finished in gloss black and also featuring triangular LED light motifs. The circular tail-lamps are positioned in the bumper below, matching the positioning of the headlamps; its rear bumper also gets a faux silver skid plate.
Hyundai Casper: dimensions
Although Hyundai has not officially revealed the dimensions of the Casper, reports suggest that the Casper will be 3,595mm long, 1,595mm wide and 1,575mm high. While it is based on the same K1 platform as the Santro, the Casper is shorter and narrower than the hatchback, but is slightly taller. For reference, the Santro measures 3,610mm in length, 1,645mm in width and 1,560mm in height. The Casper is also much shorter than the Venue, which measures 3,995mm in length.
Hyundai Casper: interior
Hyundai hasn’t revealed images of the Casper’s interior yet. However, previous spy pictures suggest that the micro-SUV will come with white upholstery for the interior and that its dashboard will be characterised by a free-standing touchscreen infotainment system. In typical Hyundai fashion, you can also expect the interior to be loaded with features, including connected car tech.
Hyundai Casper: expected engine and gearbox options
Under the hood, as we had reported previously, the Casper will get a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated and a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine in Korea. The naturally aspirated unit will produce 76hp, while the 1.0-litre TGDI turbo-petrol engine will produce 100hp and is the same unit that’s offered with the Venue in India. Both engines will come mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox.
That said, it remains to be seen what engine options Hyundai will offer with the Casper in India. While the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol unit could be reserved for higher variants, to keep costs down, Hyundai might offer the Nios’ 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine or even the Santro’s 1.1-litre four-cylinder unit.
Hyundai Casper: expected launch and rivals in India
As mentioned, the Casper will first go on sale in South Korea this year. Following that, it is expected to make it to India sometime early next year. In India, the Casper will directly rival the upcoming Tata Punch and will also go up against high-riding hatchbacks like the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and even entry-level compact SUVs like the Nissan Magnite and the Renault Kiger.