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Hyundai QXi compact SUV teased, rivals Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport

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Hyundai India has released an official teaser of its upcoming compact SUV, QXi that is believed to have the Styx model name. The Hyundai Styx will be the Korean automobile manufacturer's first in the popular compact SUV segment in India. This Hyundai SUV will be positioned below the Creta and will rival the likes of Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and also the recently launched Mahindra XUV300.

As seen from the teaser video, the Hyundai Styx SUV gets its styling inspired from the upcoming Hyundai Kona and also the new-gen Tucson with its split light format. The side profile will be similar to that of the Hyundai Creta while the rear too will feature a modern design. Similarly, the cabin of the Hyundai QXi SUV will boast of class leading features and convenience options. A trait seen on all Hyundais.  Even in terms of space, the Hyundai Styx SUV is expected to come with a generous layout with sufficient legroom for both front and rear row occupants. Features like CarPlay and Android Auto too will be made a part of the equipment list. We believe safety features like dual front airbags, Isofix mounts and other bits will be offered as standard.

It is expected to be powered by a 1.0 litre T-GDi turbo-petrol producing 120PS and 117Nm, which will most likely be made by Hyundai India locally. Accompanying the turbo-petrol will be Hyundai's naturally-aspirated 1.2 litre Kappa petrol, that produces 84PS and 117Nm. Diesel variants will be powered by the 1.4 litre U2 CRDi motor that produces 90PS of power and 224Nm of torque.

Media reports suggest that about 60 per cent of the compact SUV's R&D has been carried out in India. The AMT tech that has already been introduced in the Santro hatchback might also be offered in the Hyundai compact SUV.This Carlino-derived SUV could play an important role in helping Hyundai compete in this extremely popular segment, that currently is dominated by the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.

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