Hyundai has had plans to introduce an MPV in India since 2012, but the company decided to focus on SUVs instead due to market demand.
According to recent reports, Hyundai may be planning to bring a new MPV to India. The South Korean manufacturer had similar plans a few years back, but they were shelved in order to focus on compact and subcompact SUVs.
Hyundai might have plans to launch an MPV in India
Hyundai had also shown a seven-seater compact crossover MPV concept at the 2012 Auto Expo, named Hexa Space. The MPV was supposed to be a rival to Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, but sadly, it never left the concept stage. That said, Hyundai already has plans to introduce a similar MPV in the Chinese market. The vehicle was spied during testing in Beijing earlier this year, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to believe the same product will also be introduced to India later.
The MPV could be based on the Hyundai Venue's platform
With the success of Maruti Ertiga, Toyota Innova, and Kia Carnival, it does seem like a good time for Hyundai to dip its toes in the MPV market. In fact, Hyundai’s sister brand has managed to garner a massive success in India with the Carnival. Kia might also bring in a new top-trim for the MPV called ‘Hi-Limousine’. In fact, the new MPV could share its platform with the Carnival, to help keep costs in check, just like with the Seltos and Creta.
"We are very cautiously studying the feasibility of having something in that segment. In the past we tried to enter into that segment many times but were not successful due to various reasons,"
S S Kim, Managing Director and CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd
In other news, Hyundai has been aggressively updating its vehicle line-up in India. Last year, the Grand i10 Nios was launched in our market, and this year, we’ve had the new-gen Creta. Other than that, a facelift for the Verna is also in the pipeline, along with the next-generation Elite i20. Also, Hyundai is the only manufacturer to offer small capacity BSVI-compliant diesel engines, which could be a huge factor in the potential success of these upcoming Hyundai cars.