Hyundai Exter Officially Unveiled
Hyundai has finally introduced the next Exter SUV for India, after a series of teasers. Hyundai has shown the Exter’s exterior design for the first time, as well as confirmed trim specifications and powertrain options in India. Bookings have begun for a nominal fee of Rs 11,000 per.
The Hyundai Exter will be equipped with the same 1.2-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine seen in the Grand i10 Nios, Aura,i20, and Venue. While the Exter’s output has not been released, anticipate it to deliver a similar 83hp and 114Nm of torque. Hyundai has also announced that the engine will be paired with either a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox. Hyundai will offer a factory-fitted CNG kit on the Exter at launch, as it does on the Nios and Aura. The Exter, in fact, shares its platform and underpinnings with the latter two.
The Hyundai Exter will be available in five trim levels: EX, S, SX, SX(O), and SX(O) Connect. The suffix for the top-tier trim hints that it will come standard with connected car technologies.
While Hyundai has only recently released the exterior, recent spy images of the SUV being tested in South Korea revealed the final design. The model shown in India is substantially unchanged from the model seen elsewhere. Hyundai has also confirmed a new exterior paint color called ‘Ranger Khaki’ that will be available in India for the first time with the Exter.
The Hyundai Exter, like many other Hyundai cars in India, features boxy proportions and an upright attitude that adheres to Hyundai’s Parametric design language. It features a split headlight configuration with H-patterned LED Daytime Running Lamps. A wide, contrasting black grille and a prominent chin with a faux silver skid plate are also included on the front fascia.
Hyundai’s smallest SUV sports round and slightly flared wheel arches with thick cladding across the length, which adds to the Exter’s squarish appearance. Roof rails, a textured treatment for the C-pillar, and dual-tone paint options with a floating roof effect are available.
While Hyundai has yet to disclose the Exter’s back appearance, previous spy pictures suggested an upright tailboard, a shark fin antenna, and a small built-in spoiler positioned directly over the rear glass. The taillights have H-patterned LED lighting elements as well, and the rear bumper is tall and flat with a dual-tone finish and a conspicuous skid plate.
Hyundai is expected to disclose pricing for the Exter in late July or early August of this year. The SUV will sit below the Venue and be the brand’s most affordable SUV in India. It will compete directly with the popular Tata Punch and Citroen C3 in the Indian market.
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