Hyundai is working on a small-sized entry-level car codenamed 'AX1'. It is expected to sit as the newest addition in India's recently sparked segment which has offerings such as the Maruti S-Presso and the Renault Kwid. As the spy image (above) hints, the development of the AX1 is still in a middle stage and the micro-SUV may make its official public debut only by late 2021 or early 2022.
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The spy image shows two different variants of the car. While the model on the left appears to be the top-spec trim, the middle one might be a lower-spec trim. Albeit, most of the details on the AX1 seem to be hiding under a thick layer of camouflage, future sighting may reveal more information on this upcoming S-Presso rival. Expect the entry-level trim of the Hyundai AX1 to sport some basic features such as steel rims, fender-mounted turn indicators, roof antenna, etc.
Under the hood, it may receive any of the three engine options – 83 PS 1.2L Kappa petrol engine, 75 PS 1.2L diesel engine, and 100 PS 1.0L turbo-petrol engine, much like the Grand i10 Nios.
The Hyundai AX1 will have to rub shoulders with the Maruti Suzuki S Presso, Mahindra KUV100 NXT, Renault Kwid and the upcoming Tata HBX which is said to go on sale in India in the second half of 2021.
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As far as the Indian market goes, the production-spec version of the AX1 could be priced somewhere in the range of ₹4 lakh to ₹6 lakh (ex-showroom).