Hyundai Carlino Compact SUV India Launch by Mid-2019; To Rival EcoSport And Vitara Brezza

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Sub-4 meter car segment, be it compact sedans or compact SUVs, is really hot in India. The major reason behind it is the excise benefits these cars enjoy. They fall in the “small car” definition of Indian excise rules thus attracting less tax and hence being more affordable. Most popular examples of these sub 4 meter cars are Ford EcoSport and Maruti Swift Dzire. Maruti hopped on the bandwagon with the Vitara Brezza and the new model has already garnered a great response. Korean car giant and India’s second largest car maker Hyundai doesn’t want to get left behind. The all-new Hyundai Carlino Compact SUV will be launched by mid-2019. Read on for the latest news updates on upcoming Hyundai Carlino Compact SUV India launch date, price and other details.

hyundai carlino compact suv India launch date, price, specifications, mileage

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Hyundai unveiled the Carlino compact SUV at the Auto Expo 2016 earlier this year. The Carlino, codename HND14, will sit below the Creta in the manufacturer’s product portfolio. And it will go on to rival the likes of Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza. The Carlino is based on Elite i20 platform. It is likely to share in plenty with the hatchback. It may be noted that the Hyundai Creta is longer than 4 meters. Hence, it is not a direct rival of the EcoSport and Brezza. In terms of pricing as well, it does not beat the EcoSport or the Vitara Brezza. To undercut such cars, Hyundai needs a compact SUV like the HND14 aka Hyundai Carlino. This compact SUV will slot in below the Creta and will help Hyundai expand its presence in the Crossover/SUV segment.

Hyundai Carlino India Launch Date

Model Expected Launch Date
Hyundai Carlino Compact SUV Mid-2019

It was earlier being said that the Hyundai Compact SUV launch will take place only around the end of this decade. However, Hyundai India has said it plans to launch the Carlino by mid-2019. Hyundai was reportedly working on an MPV for India based on the Hexa Space concept. However, the recent slump is MPV sales seems to have prompted a shift in focus towards SUVs/crossovers. MPV plans have been put on hold and instead, Hyundai will be giving priority to the development of the HND-14 compact SUV.

Worth mentioning here is that the Vitara Brezza has managed to establish itself rather well in the fast-growing compact SUV market. With the EcoSport having been given a serious price cut, the stage looks all set for a fierce battle between the current market leader and the new entrant. With things heating up to such extents, it is for sure that other manufacturers will take notice and try to cash in on the high growth rate in this segment. Tata Motors has been busy readying the Nexon compact SUV and last we heard, the next big launch in the compact SUV segment isn’t too far in the offing. Hence, it becomes all the more important for the upcoming Hyundai compact SUV to step into the market at the earliest.

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Hyundai Carlino Price in India

Model Estimated Price
Hyundai Carlino Compact SUV Base Model Rs. 7 lakh
Hyundai Carlino Compact SUV Top Model Rs. 11 lakh

In all likelihood, the Hyundai Compact SUV will go on sale with an aggressive price tag. Expect the entry-level model to have a starting price of roughly INR 7 lakh. The top-end Diesel variant could cost a little north of INR 11 lakh.

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Maruti launched the Vitara Brezza at an entry level price of Rs 6.99 lakh. Soon thereafter, Ford India announced a huge price cut for its EcoSport and the entry-level Diesel variant of the highly successful Compact SUV now retails for a starting price of Rs 7.28 lakh. The Tata Nexon too is expected to come with a mouth-watering price tag and as we said, the base price could be in the region of Rs 7.00 lakh.

Hyundai Carlino Specifications

Hyundai Carlino Compact SUV Specifications

Engine Options 1.2 litre Kappa VTVT Petrol; 1.4 litre U2 CRDi Diesel
Power 82 BHP @ 6000rpm; 88.7 BHP @ 4000rpm
Torque 114Nm @ 4000rpm; 220Nm @ 1750rpm – 2750rpm
Transmission 5-Speed Manual; 6-Speed Manual/4-Speed Auto
Mileage 20 kpl; 25 kpl (Estimated)
Dimensions 3997 mm x 1775 mm x 1690 mm
Ground Clearance 190 mm

Powering the new Hyundai compact SUV in India might be the same engines that power the Elite i20. This means that the Carlino will come with a 1.2 litre Kappa VTVT Normally Aspirated petrol and a 1.4 litre U2 CRDi Turbocharged Diesel engine. The 1.2 Petrol offers a max. power of 82 bhp and a peak torque of 114.7 Nm @ 4,000 rpm. Whereas, the 1.4 Diesel oil burner pumps out a max. power of 88.7 bhp and a peak torque of 220 Nm. Transmission options could include 6-Speed Manual and 4-Speed Auto units.

Also on the cards could be a 1.0 litre turbo petrol engine. However, nothing’s official about this small capacity petrol motor. That said, by the time the compact SUV arrives, this new engine could already be powering certain Hyundai models in India. We won’t be surprised if the production spec Hyundai Compact SUV gets a 1.0 litre turbo petrol with an optional 7-speed dual clutch automatic.

Hyundai Carlino Mileage

Hyundai Carlino Petrol Mileage Upto 20 kpl
Hyundai Carlino Diesel Mileage Upto 25 kpl

Design (Exterior)

Hyundai Carlino or HND14 is a concept vehicle which showcases what Hyundai has in store for us in near future. This car, unlike most Fluidic design cars from the brand, has very aggressive and butch looks. It, however, does follow the design principles that we have seen on other Hyundai cars. The Hyundai Carlino compact SUV comes with a very aggressive front with a large grille, chunky bumpers and scuff plates under the bumper. The headlamps and fog lamps are sleek and are kind of geometric shapes which are more complex than usually seen on Hyundai cars.

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The sides are characterized by huge chunky wheel arches, tall boy design, large wheels and muscular body lines. There is also a side body cladding running all across. The rear gets chunky and hexagonal tail lamps with a subtle side sweep, small and high tailgate glass, sporty-dual tone finish bumper and rear scuff plates. The rear of the Carlino looks very similar to the Jeep Renegade small SUV, especially bits like the tail lamps and rear windshield.

Hyundai Compact SUV Launch In India

Hyundai Compact SUV Interior and Features

Although Hyundai has not shared any official pictures of the interiors, yet they have shared some of the key interior and feature aspects of the Hyundai Carlino compact SUV. It includes fashion inspired interior themes, flexibility and versatility of a compact urban car.

Hyundai has shared in their press release that it will offer interchangeable audio, visual and navigation units. Other convenience and safety include a push start button, electric folding side mirrors, 6 airbags, hill start assist to name a few. Hyundai also shared that Carlino will also feature very low NVH levels, thanks to its 3D Honeycomb blocks design.

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Hyundai Carlino vs Maruti Vitara Brezza vs Ford EcoSport

The Carlino project is still in a very nascent stage. Even the interiors haven’t been revealed by Hyundai yet. The compact SUV will be aimed squarely at the new Maruti Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport. Judging by the concept’styling, the Carlino will boast of a very edgy and butch exterior giving it the required SUV-like stance. This could benefit Hyundai greatly as the Vitara Brezza isn’t exactly the most eye-catching vehicle in the segment. The 1.4 litre petrol and the 1.4 litre diesel engines should give the Carlino enough in terms of performance to take on the Vitara Brezza. However, the EcoSport is likely to remain the most powerful of the lot.

It’ll be interesting to see how many design elements from the concept pictured here make it to the production version, but the large wheels will surely make way for smaller, mileage friendly tires. Hyundai is looking to cash in on the popularity of SUVs in India and while the Creta starts at 9 lacs, presence in the 7-9 lac bracket is what Hyundai will be targeting with Carlino compact SUV. Hyundai is targeting an overall sales figure of 500,000 in one single year. While there is no doubt the manufacturer is more than capable of achieving this, models such as the HND-14 will be very crucial if they are to achieve such figures.

Currently, there is no official word on when this car will become a reality for Indian roads. Going by our experience of Concept cars making to production models, it may take anywhere between 18 months to 24 months for it to be seen at the dealerships. We expect that Hyundai will bring this to India soon to offer more choices to potential customers of compact SUVs.

 Mileage Comparison

Hyundai Carlino vs Ford EcoSport vs Maruti Vitara Brezza Mileage Comparison

Carlino EcoSport Vitara Brezza
Petrol 20 kpl* 18.9 kpl
Diesel 25 kpl* 22.7 kpl 24.30 kpl

Hyundai Carlino Rivals

It will go up against all the compact SUVs currently on sale in India including

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