Hyundai's upcoming Ertiga rival MPV spotted around its R&D facility in South Korea for the first time.
The small MPV segment in India is currently sparsely populated. It is the Maruti Ertiga that has been dominating this space since long. Honda tried to crack this tough nut with the Mobilio but failed to do so. Now, South-Korean carmaker giant Hyundai is planning to launch a worthy rival to the Ertiga. Hyundai is developing the car at its South Korean R&D facility. It was recently spied for the first time, undergoing road tests whilst wearing heavy camouflage.
As of now, Hyundai is not planning to launch this MPV in the Indian market.
Hyundai’s iteration of a compact MPV dons a bloated body to free up more space on the inside. The spy shots suggest that it will follow the same design language as other modern-day Hyundai cars. There will be a large cascading radiator grille at the front. It will also follow the suite of vertically split headlamps. The radiator grille will be flanked by the main headlamp assembly, while the sleek LED DRLs will sit flush to the bonnet's shut line.
It can be seen in the pictures that the car sports a prominent beltline that rises towards the rear as on the Marazzo. Also, it gets a set of dual-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels. The sloping roofline also gives it a nice silhouette in comparison to the Ertiga’s tallboy design. The hat also gets a set of sleek roof rails. On the rear, the car will get vertically stacked LED taillamps. The pictures reveal that the car will have a high loading lip and 4 parking sensors at the rear bumper.
In India, the demand for compact MPV is much lesser than that it is in South-Asian markets.
While we have said that this MPV will rival the Ertiga, it will be initially doing so in the Indonesian market. The carmaker is not planning to launch the MPV in India as of now. It will be launched in South-Asian markets first, where the demand for MPV is higher than it is in India. Hyundai is also planning to set up a manufacturing facility in Kota Deltamas, off Jakarta, Indonesia. Therefore, Hyundai will also be able to price it aggressively by achieving higher localization for its parts.