Exter: Hyundai’s Next New Model For India

By paying INR 11,000, you can book one right away!

After a couple of teasers, Hyundai has finally revealed its next new offering for India – the Exter. The carmaker calls it an SUV that’ll sit below the Venue in its portfolio. And although the launch is a few months away, the bookings counter has been officially opened. The minimum token amount is INR 11,000.

There aren’t many photographs of the Exter out yet. At least not officially. However, the ones out paint a bold image. In profile, it looks like a shrunken Venue, especially with the split headlamps. The units above feature H-shaped LED DRLs, while the ones below house projector lights. And to deliver a macho stance, the front lip has a skid plate, and the wheel arches feature protective cladding. Even the sills have that chunky protection, while the wheels, in true Hyundai fashion, have a dual-tone finish.

Moving over to some quantifiable stuff. The Exter will be a petrol-only affair, with a 1.2-litre engine shared with the Venue, Aura and Grand i10 Nios. It’ll come coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission by default. However, the option of a 5-speed AMT is also available. Another important takeaway is the choice of a factory-fitted CNG kit for the same engine. With the bi-fuel configuration, there’s only the manual transmission.

Trim levels? The entry point is EX, followed by EX(O), S, S(O), SX, SX(O) and SX(O) Connect. Fifteen variants cover all engine-transmission options, trim levels and the dual-tone finish. As for the CNG, that’s available in two variants only – S and SX. Colours? The Exter is up for grabs in six monotone and three dual-tone finishes. The latter category has a black roof with Altas White, Cosmic Blue and Ranger Khaki colours for the body. Unfortunately, the two-tone paint job isn’t available with CNG variants. And as for the SX(O) Connect, that sounds like the range-topping trim level with Hyundai’s connected-car tech in the mix.

That’s all there is to know for now. More will surface as the weeks go by. Once launched, the Hyundai Exter will compete against the Tata Punch, Maruti Suzuki Ignis and Citroen C3. What’s your first impression?

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