The Hyundai Custo is expected to be launched in the Chinese auto market in October 2020, prior to which, the MPV has been spied in the neighbouring country.
The idea of an MPV has been considered by Hyundai for quite some time. The idea began with NHD-7 (Hexaspace) concept in 2012 but this was delayed in favour of the Creta. Considering the fact that MPVs such as the Toyota Innova Crysta and Maruti Ertiga managed to become popular in major Southeast Asian markets, this segment has attracted the South Korean automaker. Recently, the new Hyundai Custo has been spotted testing in China without camouflage.
The Hyundai Custo has recently been spotted testing in China without camouflage.
The South Korean automaker has successfully positioned itself in the mid-premium space and its upcoming Hyundai Custo is expected to rival the Toyota Innova Crysta rather than the Maruti Ertiga. Developed by the Chinese Beijing Hyundai joint venture, the Hyundai Custo is expected to feature a slightly different design in comparison with the previously disguised test mules spotted in South Korea. The model which is aimed at other Asian markets may sport a redesigned front with Venue-style split headlights. The China-bound Hyundai Custo comes with rear sliding doors with door handles positioned near the B-pillars. The rear combination lights stretch along the width of the car.
The upcoming Hyundai Custo comes with a slightly different design compared with the test mule in South Korea.
Hyundai cars are well-known for being well-equipped; the Hyundai Custo will not be an exception. The Hyundai Custo is equipped with a new dashboard with a vertical touchscreen infotainment system. The multi-function steering wheel seems to be borrowed from the new Creta with the same design. The gear selector is carried over from the new Sonata sedan. Moreover, the Hyundai Custo also comes with a configurable colour TFT instrument console.
Like other Hyundai cars, the Hyundai Custo is also very well-equipped.
The China-bound Hyundai Custo is reported to receive its power from a 2.0-litre turbo gasoline burner which can generate 247 HP against 353 Nm and is mated to an 8-speed AT. If the vehicle is launched in India, it is expected to borrow the powertrain options from the Hyundai Creta with 1.5-litre gasoline and oil units.
Hyundai India has stated that it is thoroughly studying the feasibility of an MPV for the Indian auto market. Considering that its intended competitor, the Toyota Innova, is doing quite well, the Hyundai Custo is expected to come to our market, but not likely before 2022.