Hyundai AX1 is going be to the South-Korean carmaker's take on Maruti Ignis, Mahindra KUV100, and Tata HBX. Here's how it will look like.
The craze for SUV around the world seems everlasting. To cash the craze, carmakers have been busy developing mid-size crossovers and sub-4m compact-SUVs. However, the manufacturers have left the entry-level micro-SUV segment unattended for a while. But, it seems like now the brands have started giving a thought about this segment, as the test mules of the Hyundai’s micro-SUV - AX1, were recently spotted on test for the first time. In case you are wondering how it will look like in its production-spec avatar, here’s a digital rendering of the same, created by our in-house designer – Shoeb R. Kalania.
It can be seen in the above image that production-spec AX1 draws inspiration from the bigger Hyundai SUVs. On the front, it gets a big-wide radiator grille that also merges into LED DRLs. It also gets vertically-split headlamp architecture to boast of a contemporary design. The bumper looks clean, but it gets a skid plate at the lower end. Moving over to the sides, the flared wheel arches with negative offset can be seen. The wheel wells here are square in shape, and a black cladding can be seen running across the length.
The tall boy and boxy stance of the Hyundai AX1 are prominent in the rendering as well. Interestingly, it gets the rear door handles mounted on the window frames as is the case with the Maruti Swift & Tata Altroz. The AX1 is expected to come fitted with 15-inch rims to fill the wheel arches completely.
Based on the Nios’s K1 platform, the AX1 micro-SUV will sit below the Venue in Hyundai’s lineup. The AX1 is likely to be offered with three engine options – 83 PS 1.2L Kappa petrol engine, 100 PS 1.0L turbo-petrol engine, and 75 PS 1.2L diesel engine. The gearbox options will include a 5-speed MT and 5-speed AMT. Expected to go on sale by next year, the AX1 will be priced in the range of Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 7 lakh. Once launched, it will rival the likes of Mahindra KUV100, Maruti Suzuki Ignis, and upcoming Tata HBX.