Hyundai Exter Partially Unveiled Before its Debut
Hyundai recently unveiled a preview of merely the outline of its future Exter micro-SUV for India, and now it has practically the complete front fascia on display. Even a few design elements that will appear on further worldwide Hyundai SUVs are revealed in the design render.
By July 2023, The Exter is anticipated to start production, with an August market debut anticipated. The Exter will be produced for India and sold in international markets as well.
The Hyundai Exter has a very distinctive front end that can now be found only on Hyundai models sold in India. The Exter will receive a split headlight setup with new H-shaped LED DRLs based on the company’s “Sensuous Sportiness” design language. In fact, this design theme is anticipated on other Hyundai SUVs, including the next Santa Fe, which has been spotted with a comparable setup abroad.
The LED DRLs that are the centerpiece of the bonnet are housed in a darkened enclosure, but unlike the current fashion, it is not a full-width light bar. The upright, blocky front bumper features a blackened grille that spans the whole width of the bumper and contains the square primary headlamp units. A false silver skid plate, wide wheel arches, and a window line that resembles those of the Venue and even the Casper marketed abroad are also included in the rendering.
Overall, the front fascia of the Hyundai Exter resembles that of the all-electric Ioniq 5 more than vehicles like the Venue, Creta, or Alcazar. Even the bonnet features a 2D Hyundai logo identical to the Ioniq 5’s. The upright attitude, flattish bonnet, and boxy proportions of the Hyundai Exter were suggested by a prior teaser image.
Although Hyundai hasn’t yet shown us the back of this micro-SUV, one can anticipate square taillamps that will likely be connected by a light bar. To further enhance its SUV look, the side profile will have some false cladding, particularly around the wheel arches.
The Exter, which is anticipated to be about 3.8 meters long, will share its underpinnings with the Grand i10 Nios hatchback but will have more ground clearance and potentially a different suspension as well. The Exter is anticipated to retain the tried-and-true 83 horsepower, 1.2 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine from the Nios, Aura, i20, and Venue under the hood. A 5-speed manual and AMT gearbox are likely to be available as gearbox choices.
Contrary to the Nios, the Hyundai Exter is anticipated to receive a second engine option, which will be a 1.0-liter turbo-petrol engine, as we had previously reported. This will not only set it apart from the Nios and Aura in a significant way, but it will also offer the Exter an advantage over the Tata Punch, at which the Exter will be directly targeted. As it is already available on the Nios, a factory-fitted CNG kit can be anticipated to join the lineup later. There are also plans for an all-electric variant in the future.
In the months leading up to the Exter’s launch in August 2023, expect Hyundai to gradually reveal more details about the vehicle. Expect it to cost slightly more than the Nios (Rs 5.73 lakh to Rs 8.51 lakh, ex-showroom) but that it will still fall below the Venue.
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