Hyundai Mufasa SUV Production-spec Unveiled
Before the Mufasa SUV makes its public debut at the Auto Shanghai 2023 show next week, Hyundai has revealed the first official pictures of the vehicle. For the time being, the Hyundai Mufasa is exclusively available for purchase in China, where Hyundai and Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) have a 50:50 joint venture. Hyundai had shown off the production vehicle earlier in the month with the Mufasa Adventure concept. In the Chinese market, the ix35 is replaced by the Mufasa.
The Mufasa will feature dimensions of 4,475mm in length, 1,850mm in width, 1,665mm in height, and 2,680mm in wheelbase, according to a regulatory filing on China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology website, even though Hyundai hasn’t publicly disclosed the technical information. It is hence a little bit smaller than the Tucson offered in India.
The Hyundai Mufasa incorporates Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design language, thus it has some recognizable design aspects. However, it also has its own unique design cues. For example, the single-piece, vertically oriented headlamps have a very distinctive appearance and, in contrast to the current fashion, do not use a split headlamp setup. The grille, which takes up practically the entire front fascia and is complemented by a sharply sculpted bumper down below, gives the face another forceful appearance. Particularly attractive is the dual-tone facial treatment. It even has similarities to the MG Hector that is offered in India, as those with keen eyes would notice.
Similar to the Tucson and Verna in India, the Mufasa has sharp character lines and flared wheel arches from the side. The alloys have a similar design to the Alcazar in India, and they have heavy body coating all over as well. But the back profile is very different. The oval-shaped full-width LED taillamps are enclosed in a gloss black panel that has Hyundai lettering in the middle. The bumper below is quite cluttered with cladding and a false diffuser, despite the clean tailboard.
However, Hyundai hasn’t yet made any interior photos of the Mufasa public.
Although the Mufasa’s technical specifications are still pending, it is anticipated that a 2.0-liter, 156-horsepower petrol engine will be used to drive only the front wheels. The Tucson in India has the same engine, and the Alcazar previously had access to it as well. According to reports, the Mufasa may also gain from a hybrid powertrain in the future, perhaps in the form of a 48V mild hybrid.
The Hyundai Mufasa will be produced domestically in China and, at least initially, marketed only there. At least for the time being, there is no information about it entering other markets. When Hyundai makes its formal premiere at Auto Shanghai 2023 on April 18, further information regarding the engine and interior will be made available.
In its home country, Hyundai unveiled the Exter, a brand-new subcompact SUV based on the Grand i10 Nios platform. At launch, it will only run on petrol and be positioned as a direct competitor to the Tata Punch. It is anticipated to go on sale in August of this year.
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