Hyundai is planning a major overhaul of its current model line-up for the Indian market in the next three years. The South Korean carmaker will introduce eight new cars in India by 2020. Three of these eight upcoming cars — the AH2 hatchback (2018 Santro), QXi sub-4m SUV (based on the Carlino concept) and Kona Electric SUV — will be launched before 2020. Hyundai’s MD & CEO, YK Koo, has now confirmed that the rest of the cars will be replacement models and not facelift or cosmetic updates of existing ones.
In a recent interview, Koo told CarDekho, “We are planning to launch eight new models within the next three years. Out of the eight, five will replace current cars from our portfolio. And out of the eight, one will be an all-electric SUV, while two models are the AH2 and QXi small SUV. So out of the eight, two are new segment products and one is an EV, while the other five will replace the current models.”
Of the existing Hyundai car models in India, the Elantra, Tucson and the Verna won’t see a generation change in the next couple of years. The Tucson facelift was revealed earlier this year (overseas) and the Elantra facelift was spied (outside India) recently. The Verna also received a generation change in 2017. So, these products will only get mid-life updates in India in the next couple of years.
As a result, Hyundai has six nameplates to transform from scratch — the Eon, Grand i10, Xcent, the Elite i20, i20 Active and the Creta. We initially thought that Hyundai might discontinue the Eon once the AH2 hatchback, which might be called Santro, settles in the market. However, Koo clarified that the Eon won’t be discontinued. If Hyundai is to continue with the Eon post 2020, then it will have to undergo a structural change to pass the upcoming BNVSAP (Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program) crash test norms. And that hints towards a generation change for the small car.
Hyundai updated (introduced facelift of) the Grand i10 and Xcent in 2017, and the Elite i20 and Creta in 2018. So these cars might see a generation change in the same order. We know for a fact that the next-gen Creta will share its platform and engines with the upcoming Kia SP Concept-based SUV. The SP Concept is based on a reworked Creta platform and will be offered with BSVI petrol and diesel engines. The SP Concept-based Kia SUV will be launched in September 2019.
Since the i20 Active only received a dual-tone paint-job and feature updates in 2018, Hyundai might introduce yet another update along the lines of the 2018 Elite i20 facelift in the near future and give it a full-cycle refresh only after it’s done with launching these eight products in India.
The 8 models that we expect Hyundai to introduce in the next 3 years are:
|2018 Hyundai Santro (AH2 hatchback)
|October 2018 (confirmed)
|Hyundai Carlino (QXi)
|April 2019 (confirmed)
|Hyundai Kona (electric SUV)
|Second half of 2019 (confirmed)
|New Grand i10
|New Elite i20