Hyundai recently revealed the Casper SUV for the South Korean market. The latest and smallest SUV from Hyundai is smaller than the Nexa Ignis but wears 17-inch alloy wheels - large enough to challenge the Creta. A pre-production model was spied testing with 17-inch alloys.
Hyundai Casper Dimensions
The Hyundai Casper measures 3595mm long, 1595mm wide and 1575mm tall. For reference, the Nexa Ignis is 3700mm long, 1690mm wide and 1595mm tall. Even the Casper’s wheelbase of 2400mm is 35mm shorter than the Ignis. So, the Casper is clearly a size smaller than the Ignis.
The Casper should offer at least 180mm of ground clearance. However, exact figures are not available right now.
Hyundai Casper Engine Options
For the international markets, the Casper will come with 2 engine options - 1.0-litre normal petrol and 1.0-litre turbo petrol. The turbo petrol engine will make 100PS of power and 172Nm of torque - the same as the Aura and Nios turbo. The normal petrol engine is likely to make 86PS of power.
The turbo petrol engine also gets 2 additional ram-air intakes in the bumpers next to the headlamps. These help improve the performance as petrol engine performance depends on the amount of air it can breathe in. Petrol fuel has a very narrow fuel-air mixture ratio and pumping in more fuel doesn’t give more performance unless it gets more air.
We believe that at least one of those is functional while the other one could be merely for cosmetic purposes and to maintain design symmetry. The pronounced ram-air intakes also make the turbo petrol variants stand out. Non-turbo models may get a black or silver grille option.
For the Indian market, we can expect to see the same engine options as the Nios - that means a 1.2-litre normal petrol engine and a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine.
In terms of features, the Casper will come with features like:
Front armrest (Confirmed in spy shots)
Electric sunroof (Confirmed in official reveal)
LED tail lamps and DRLs
Touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay
Bluelink telematics and Internet connected-car features
Digital Instrument Cluster
We expect the Casper to arrive in India by the end of 2022 and compete with the Tata Punch, Nexa Ignis and Tata Tiago NRG.