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    Hyundai Casper vs Rivals Competition Nexa Ignis, Tata Tiago NRG, Santro

    by Mahesh Yadav on Saturday, Sep 04 2021

    Hyundai recently revealed the Casper micro SUV and some of its specs. Based on the available engine specs and dimensions, let’s compare the Hyundai Casper with the Nexa Ignis, Tata Tiago and Hyundai Santro. This will give us a clearer idea about where it stands against other small crossovers and the Santro.

     

    Hyundai Casper

    Hyundai Casper Vs Rivals - Dimension Comparison

    The inclusion of Santro is a conscious choice here as the Casper uses the Santro’s frame and it gives a better idea about its size. While you’re expecting the Casper to challenge the Tata Punch, it’s worth noting that the Casper is the smallest car in this comparison. We’re not including the Punch here as the official specs are not yet available. However, it uses the same platform as the Altroz. So, we expect it to be about as long as the Altroz. In other words, it will be almost 4000mm in length.

    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

     

    Compared to a 4m SUV like the Punch, the Casper is too small. In fact, there’s a clear 100mm or so worth of gap between the Tiago NRG and the Nexa Ignis. The Tiago is about 10cm longer than the Ignis

    Casper

    The Casper is further 100mm or so smaller than the Ignis. If you compare it with the Santro’s dimensions, you’ll notice that this Casper is even marginally smaller than the Santro in terms of length and width. Being a tall crossover, the Casper is naturally taller than the Santro but only by 15mm. We expect all of those gains to come from the higher ground clearance as the Casper. With a 15mm higher ground clearance than the Santro, this is achievable.

    Hyundai Casper Vs Rivals - Engine Spec Comparison

    The Casper will get the 1.0-litre turbo and 1.0-litre normal petrol engines in the international market. For the Indian market, we can expect it to come with the 1.2-litre normal petrol engine and 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine. The same engine options are also available in the Grand i10 Nios. These will also help it better compete with the cars like the Ignis and Tiago NRG. 1.0-litre normal petrol is not enough to position the Casper against established rivals like the Tiago NRG and Ignis.

    HYUNDAI CASPER VS NEXA IGNIS VS TATA TIAGO NRG VS HYUNDAI SANTRO

    ENGINE SPECS COMPARISON

     

    HYUNDAI

    CASPER

    NEXA IGNIS

    TATA TIAGO NRG

    HYUNDAI SANTRO

    Displacement

    1.0L

    1.0L

    1.2L*

    1.2L

    1.2L

    1.1L

    Type

    Normal

    Turbo

    Normal

    Normal

    Normal

    Normal

    Cylinders

    3

    3

    4

    4

    3

    4

    Power

    67PS @ 5500

    100PS @ 5500rpm

    83PS @ 6000rpm

    83PS @ 6000rpm

    86PS @ 6000rpm

    69PS @ 5500rpm

    Torque

    96Nm @ 3750rpm

    172Nm 1500 - 4000rpm

    115Nm @ 4200rpm

    113Nm @ 4200rpm

    113Nm @ 3300rpm

    99Nm @ 4500rpm

    MT

    5-speed

    5-speed

    5-speed

    5-speed

    5-speed

    5-speed

    AT 

    5-speed AMT*

    No Info

    5-speed AMT

    5-speed AMT

    5-speed AMT

    5-speed AMT

    * Expected

    There are spy shots of the Casper sliding around in the snow. Hyundai are probably planning to offer it with the 4-wheel drive for the European market. It sounds like a ridiculous feature for such a small car but from a safety standpoint, this is essential in snowy regions. The Ignis also has 4-wheel drive option in colder European countries, where car owners prefer buying 4-wheel drive cars even for everyday use.

    Hyundai Casper India Launch Timeline or Date 

    The Hyundai Casper is likely to come to Indian showrooms sometime in 2022. Hyundai may even push the launch to early 2023 if the pandemic and chip shortage worsens and limits their ability to fully meet the market demand.


    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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