The new Hyundai Casper has officially made its global debut online – we can expect it to make it to Indian shores next year
Following its global debut, the Micro UV is set to go through series production in September itself, after which it will be launched in South Korea first. Test prototypes of the crossover have been seen frequently.
The Cross hatchback was previously referred to by its codename AX1. The engine options that will be offered on the international model of this upcoming UV have been revealed.
Engine, Transmission Options
The South Korean carmaker will offer Casper two 1.0-litre petrol engine options in its home market – a naturally aspirated mill and a turbocharged petrol unit. The former is a three-cylinder unit that can produce up to 76 horses and will be mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission unit. The latter is a three-cylinder GDI unit that can generate up to 100 bhp and will be mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox.
It will be interesting to see what engine options will be offered with the Casper in the Indian market. Most likely, the 1.0-litre turbo petrol unit will be retained for the higher trims. While the 1.0-litre NA petrol unit can be done away with the 1.1-litre NA petrol unit which makes 69 bhp and 99 Nm of peak torque. This is the same unit that drives the Santro forward.
The second option will be a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol unit that is currently available across multiple models including the i10 Nios, i20 and Venue. This unit is capable of generating 82 bhp power and 113 Nm peak torque. Transmission duties on both the engines will be performed by a 5-speed manual as standard with the option of a 5-speed AMT.
As mentioned earlier, the Casper K1 will be based on the compact car platform that also underpins the Santro and Grand i10 Nios. Korean media reports have revealed that the Micro crossover will measure 3,595 mm in length, 1,595 mm in width and 1,575 mm in height, making it smaller than the Santro.
In terms of features, the crossover hatch is expected to be as well-crafted as the rest of Hyundai’s peers. Some notable creature comforts expected to be offered include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a multi-information display, keyless entry, automatic climate control, push-button start/stop and more.
It will sit below the Venue as Hyundai’s smallest offering in its global SUV lineup. Once launched, it will rival the Tata Punch and Maruti Ignis in India.