HMIL has unveiled a teaser sketch of the future Exter micro SUV along with other details. In the following weeks, the mini SUV will make its global presentation ahead of its market introduction. The 5-seater is based on the same platform as the Grand i10 Nios. Although it borrows a lot of design cues from the Hyundai Casper, which is marketed in other regions.
The upright front end is made up of a split LED headlamp cluster with H-shaped LED DRLs on top and square shared LED headlamps below. The large grille area with black accents is reminiscent of the Sensuous Sportiness style concept.
The hood dips down and has creases to give it a muscular appearance, and it may have a clamshell structure with the Hyundai insignia put in the centre. The broad lower air inlet on the bumper is also evident, as is the false skid plate. The Hyundai Exter has squared-off wheel arches that add to its SUV stance. We expect that black plastic cladding will run down the sidewalls.
The Hyundai Exter has tall black pillars and a total length of under four metres. Hyundai Exter may share the wheelbase with its tiny hatchback brother. Wraparound tail lamps, an upright boot, and a faux skid plate will be added to the back. The Exter will compete against the Tata Punch, Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger.
The Hyundai Exter will be powered by a 1.2L NA petrol engine with a max power output of 84 PS and peak torque of 113 Nm. It will be available with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed AMT gearbox. Hyundai could sell the 1.0L three-pot turbo petrol engine with the Exter to broaden its range. It is unknown whether it will be in a different tuning or not.
The interior will be like that of the Grand i10 Nios and Aura, both of which were refreshed earlier this year. It will have a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It will come with a semi-digital cluster, a steering wheel with mounted controls, airbags, and a dual-tone cabin motif.