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    Opinion - Is Hyundai Casper Coming To India Or Not?

    by Mahesh Yadav on Wednesday, Sep 08 2021

    A rumour is surfacing online claiming that the Hyundai Casper is not coming to India. People are expecting it to rival the Tata Punch, which is a 4m SUV. We have reasons to agree and disagree with this rumour. Let’s see what’s news here and what’s fake news.

     

    Hyundai Casper

    Fake News - Hyundai Casper Will Rival Tata Punch

    In our recent dimension and engine spec comparison, we busted the myth that the Casper will compete with the Punch. The Hyundai Casper is smaller than even the Santro. The Santro itself is about 10cm shorter in length than the Nexa Ignis. Meanwhile, the Ignis is another 100mm or shorter than the Tata Tiago NRG.

    Not to mention, you also have the Renault Kwid, Datsun Redi-Go and Maruti Suzuki S-Presso to consider if you want a small crossover.

    Read More: Hyundai Casper vs Rivals - Nexa Ignis, Tata Tiago NRG, Santro - Dimension and Engine Spec Comparison

    Here’s a quick dimension comparison between the Casper, Ignis, Tiago NRG and Santro:

    HYUNDAI CASPER VS COMPETITION

    DIMENSIONS COMPARISON

     

    HYUNDAI CASPER

    NEXA IGNIS

    TATA TIAGO NRG

    HYUNDAI SANTRO

    Length

    3595mm

    3700mm

    3802mm

    3610mm

    Width

    1595mm

    1690mm

    1667mm

    1645mm

    Height

    1575mm

    1595mm

    1537mm

    1560mm

    Wheelbase

    2400mm

    2435mm

    2400mm

    2400mm

    Ground Clearance

    180mm*

    180mm

    181mm

    165mm

     

    As you can see, the Casper is much smaller than the Ignis. So, it can’t compete with the Tata Punch at all.

    Rumour: Hyundai Casper Is Not Coming To India

    It’s difficult to say that the Casper is definitely not coming to India as it’s too early. For now, we’ll tag it as a rumour. We have reasons to keep our fingers crossed for the Casper.

    A Lot Of White Space In Portfolio

    As we all know, the SUV and crossover craze is probably at its peak right now. Everybody and their neighbour want a high-ground clearance car.

    On the budget end of the spectrum, we have the Kwid, S-Presso and the Redi Go.

    Move up the price band, and you have the Tata Tiago NRG and Nexa Ignis.

    Spend some more cash if you want the Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger or Tata Punch.

    If you have a bigger budget, then the options open up to Magnite turbo, Kiger turbo, Nexon, Venue, Sonet, Brezza and XUV300.

    How many Hyundai cars do you see on this list? Here’s the count:

    Number of SUV/Crossovers

     

    Entry Level

    Compact

    Affordable 4m

    4m Premium

    Total

    Maruti Toyota

    S-Presso

    Ignis

    -

    Brezza

    3

    Renault Nissan

    Kwid, Redi-Go

    -

    Kiger, Magnite

    Kiger turbo, Magnite turbo

    6

    Hyundai

    -

    -

    -

    Venue

    1

    Kia

    -

    -

    -

    Sonet

    1

    Tata

    -

    Tiago NRG

    Punch

    Nexon

    3

    Mahindra

    -

    -

    -

    XUV300

    1

     

    I’m mentioning the Kiger and Magnite twice as they cover the two price bands very well with their turbo and non-turbo models offering vastly different driving experiences at different price points. However, even if you consider the turbo and non-turbo models as 1 car, you still end up with 4 cars in the Renault Nissan’s basket. That’s still more than their rivals even if you include the Tata Punch, which is yet to go on sale.

    Hyundai, meanwhile, has nothing below the Venue. The Venue positions itself as a premium alternative in the 4m SUV space, which further creates room in Hyundai’s portfolio with nothing to compete with the Kwid, Ignis and Punch. The Casper is the answer to that.

    Small In Size - Premium In Positioning

    While the Casper is smaller in size than the Santro, it can easily take on the Ignis. Borrowing Santro’s frame and Grand i10’s 1.2L petrol and CNG engines, the Casper can easily position itself as a worthy rival for the Ignis even with a smaller size. That’s because the Casper can offer the interior, ambience and features that are on par with or better than the Grand i10 Nios. So, pricing it around the Grand i10 while using Santro’s frame is not a bad idea at all. It’s a win-win for Hyundai and their customers who want a small, but well-put-together and feature-rich second car for city driving.

    We have seen the images of the Casper with sunroof, it’ll get a turbo petrol engine with what looks like ram air intake. For the Indian market, we can’t expect a sunroof in such a small car. At best, may get the 1.1-litre and 1.2-litre petrol engine options for the Casper. With this, Hyundai should have no problem competing at least with the Ignis and Tiago NRG.

    Verdict - Is Casper Coming To India Or Not?

    The rumours claim that the Casper is not coming to India. But, we strongly believe that the Casper can satisfactorily fill a lot of white space in the budget end of Hyundai’s portfolio to compete with the affordable crossover rivals. We are betting on seeing the Hyundai Casper in the Indian showrooms by the end of 2024.

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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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