2022 Hyundai Casper - First image revealed in real life - Hyundai's smallest SUV | Mini Auto

Starting price is about Rs 5.00 Lakh  - $11,904 USD

Ahead of its debut in Korea later this month, Hyundai has officially released the first images of the upcoming Casper super small SUV, and also revealed the exterior design of the production version. The Hyundai Casper will be the smallest SUV in the brand's global portfolio. It will first go on sale in South Korea and then is expected to arrive in India in early 2022. We are told that the Casper SUV may have a different market name in India.

Named after a skateboarding game rather than some friendly ghost, the Casper will be located underneath Places and will be built and sold in both Korea and India.

According to reports in the Indian media, the Casper will measure 3595mm long, 1595mm wide and 1575mm tall.

That makes it 105mm shorter, 65mm narrower and 20mm taller than the Suzuki Ignis, while also being about the same length as the Kia Picanto which it is understood to share its platform with.

Hyundai Casper: exterior design

Quirky is the word that best describes the design of the Hyundai Casper. Characterized by an upright and very boxy shape, Casper has very unique design details. Like most new Hyundai SUVs, the front end features split LED headlights, with LED DRLs topped in a glossy black panel with the brand logo. Meanwhile, the main circular headlights with LED rings are arranged in the bumper.

What's really unique on the face is the triangular motifs on the silver grille. In fact, there appear to be two versions of the grille, and the other is finished in glossy black with circular design motifs that mimic the headlights. It also has a fake silver slide and a flat bonnet. In typical SUV styling, there are also generous body panels all around.

At a glance, you'll notice Casper's square and flared wheel arches. The window line is particularly unique, with different shapes for the front and rear windows. The A-pillar has been painted black, while the B-pillar is finished in body color. Meanwhile, the rear door handles are neatly integrated in the C-pillar. Casper also has roof rails and stylish two-tone alloy wheels.

At the rear, the tailgate has a two-tone look, with the top half finished in gloss black and also featuring triangular LED patterns. Round taillights are arranged in the lower bumper, matching the position of the headlights; Its rear bumper also has a fake silver slide.

Hyundai Casper: expected engine and transmission options

Under the hood, as we previously reported, the Casper will get a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine in Korea. The naturally aspirated engine will make 76hp, while the 1.0-litre TGDI turbocharged petrol engine will produce 100hp and is the engine offered with the Venue in India. Both engines will come with a 4-speed automatic transmission.

That said, it remains to be seen what engine options Hyundai will offer with the Casper in India. While the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit can be reserved for higher trims, to keep costs down, Hyundai can offer the Nios' 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine or even the diesel engine. Santro 1.1 liter 4-cylinder.

Since discontinuing production of the Accent in 2019, Hyundai hasn't offered anything as affordable as the Picanto from the company's steady partner Kia.

That's even though Hyundai has made a name for itself thanks to its Excel and Getz hatchbacks that sell for less than $15,000.

Hyundai was quick to offer the base Venue and i30 Go for under $20,000, though before the cost of on-road transportation, however, these models later increased in price.

Currently, Hyundai's most affordable is the base Venue manual for $20,690 before on-road costs.

As mentioned, the Casper will go on sale first in Korea this year. It is then expected to arrive in India early next year. In India, Casper will go head-to-head with the upcoming Tata Punch and will also go head-to-head with luxury hatchbacks like the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and even mid-sized compact SUVs like the Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger.

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2022 Hyundai Casper - First image revealed in real life - Hyundai's smallest SUV | Mini Auto 2022 Hyundai Casper - First image revealed in real life - Hyundai's smallest SUV | Mini Auto Reviewed by Dang Nhan on September 01, 2021 Rating: 5

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