Hyundai displayed the Carlino concept, codenamed the HND14, at the 2016 Auto Expo, back in February. The compact SUV, even smaller than the Creta, will be placed below the latter.
The Hyundai intends the Carlino-based SUV to take on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport. The launch of this sub-4m compact SUV is scheduled for 2018.
The Hyundai Carlino concept is least curvy. Despite its rounded edges, unlike the Mahindra Bolero, the Carlino is a very boxy SUV. Though seemingly smoother in the exterior, the boxiness is heavily prominent.
In closer looks, it can feel like a very rounded SUV, despite the box structure. However, it is not sure if this will be retained, when the concept makes it to production and the market.
From the concept to the transition to the production-spec, the Hyundai Carlino SUV is likely to come up with some mechanical changes. Earlier, it was expected to be powered by the naturally-aspirated, 1.2-litre, Kappa engine.
Now, Hyundai reportedly believes that the mid-range torque of the turbocharged petrol motor will power the SUV better. So, instead of the 1.2-litre naturally aspirated engine, the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor will be doing the duty on the Carlino SUV, delivering up to 118 hp of power.
And as for the diesel powertrain, the regular 1.4-litre, U2, CRDi diesel motor that has already been performing in the i20, Creta and the Verna will also power the Hyundai’s smallest SUV.