A unit of the upcoming Hyundai Custo MPV has been recently spied in China. If and when launched in India, it’ll directly rival the Toyota Innova Crysta and, to some degree, even the Kia Carnival
MPVs are now getting popular among the buyers around the country. In line with this, carmakers in India are now concentrating more on introducing new SUVs and MPVs rather than focusing on premium hatchbacks and sedans. Now, it seems like India’s second-largest carmaker, Hyundai has some concrete plans to introduce a new MPV in their international stable. In line with this, recently, a Hyundai MPV was spied while getting tested in China.
The car is expected to be named as ‘Custo’, and initially, the MPV will only be sold in the Chinese car market. The all-new Hyundai Custo is being developed by Beijing Hyundai and BAIC Motor. Recent reports suggest that the upcoming Hyundai MPV will not be based on the platform of the new-gen Kia Carnival, which was recently unveiled in the global market. We expect the all-new Hyundai Custo to sit below Carnival, and it’ll directly compete with the likes of Toyota Innova Crysta, while even having a slight price overlap with the lower trims of the Carnival.
As you can see in the spy images, the MPV has a very unique design language, and the front fascia of the car looks a bit similar to that of the Hyundai Tucson. It employs blacked-out cladding all-around, which gives the MPV a rugged look. Moreover, one can also see sliding doors at the back, which can be commonly found on a minivan. The two-tone alloy wheels look very sporty and enhance the overall aggressive look of the car.
At the back, the MPV sports extremely bulky taillights along with Hyundai badging. The cabin of the upcoming Hyundai Custo looks quite premium as it features a big touchscreen infotainment unit. The steering wheel has the same ‘butterfly’ design like the 2020 Hyundai Creta. It also gets paddle shifters, a fully-digital instrument console, electric parking brake and second-row A/C vents.
The test trim of the MPV has 6-seats inside, but the production-spec model might also be offered in 7-seat configuration. Mechanically, it’ll derive power from a 2.0-litre turbo petrol unit which puts out power and torque outputs of 237bhp and 353 Nm. Transmission duties will be done by an 8-speed automatic gearbox.