This is Hyundai’s new compact SUV
This fairly new segment has been taking the market by storm. When Ford got the EcoSport to India, the dealerships saw the kind of rush that it hadn't seen in a very long time. And when Maruti launched the Vitara Brezza in March this year, the sales orders went through the roof. And till date, in a matter of eight months, 1,72,000 Brezzas have found homes.Hyundai is now eyeing a share of this pie and is readying its own urban SUV to take on the Brezza and the EcoSport. It's still under development, but we've got some details. Here goes...Hyundai did show us a concept at the last Auto Expo called the Carlino. But that was just a concept and far from what it'll look when it hits production. For now, before the actual christening of new compact SUV, the guys at Hyundai are calling it the QXi. Initial reports on the Interweb suggested that it'll be based on the Grand i10 platform, but contrary to that, the QXi will be based on an all-new platform. It'll measure a tad less than four metres and will be specifically aimed at the Indian and the Chinese market. Though, it'll also make its way into some Southeast Asian markets. The design will be a typical Hyundai affair with pulled-back headlamps and signature creases running the length of the SUV.Under the hood, there'll be an option of three engines. A three-pot turbocharged 1-litre petrol engine that'll develop upwards of 100bhp. For the lads who prefer natural aspiration to turbocharging, a 4-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine will also be sold that'll be good for around 90bhp. And lastly, for people who like the dirty fuel, there'll be 1.4-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine that'll churn out around the same number of horses as the bigger petrol engine. All these engines will be paired to a manual or an automatic transmission.Test mules of the QXi are yet to hit the Indian roads for testing, so we can't say anything definitive about the styling just yet. Hyundai is aiming for about 1 lakh units a year with this new urban SUV and when it hits the showrooms in mid-2019, the retail price will start at Rs 6.5 lakh and will go up to Rs 10 lakh for the top-spec (all prices, ex-showroom). Yes, Hyundai will be a bit too late for this urban SUV party, but as they say, better late than never.