With its entry-level SUV project, the Ai3 Compact Utility Vehicle (CUV), which has been in development since 2016–2017, Hyundai has encountered a few bumps on the road. Even though the project was given the go-ahead a few years ago, development has just lately started to go forward fully.
After experiencing many pandemic-related delays, the Ai3 CUV is currently anticipated to debut in 2019. In the Indian SUV market, the car is anticipated to go head-to-head with Tata Punch.
With the Ai3 CUV, Hyundai will be able to offer a wider range of SUVs. The vehicle will be powered by a 1.2-liter petrol engine, the same engine seen in the i10 Nios and Aura. At 6,000 RPM, the engine will produce a maximum output of 83 PS. Additionally, the new competitor in this market sector will have a peak torque of 114 Nm at 4,000 rpm. A 5-speed manual and a clever auto-automated manual gearbox are the other two transmission choices the vehicle will offer drivers.
Grand i10 Nios serves as the foundation for the Ai3 CUV's construction. The automobile measures 3,595 mm in length and 3,995 mm in breadth. Compared to Tata Punch, which is 3,827 mm in length, this will be somewhat smaller. The CUV will have robust body panels and substantial body covering. The automobile is designed to have a striking street presence while being within the pricing range of mid and top-spec entry-level hatchback cars. In fact, one of the main reasons Hyundai is taking an aggressive posture to establish a solid foundation in this sector is the growing demand for SUVs over entry-level hatchbacks.
The Korean car manufacturer plans to sell at least 50,000 vehicles annually after the debut of its entry-level SUV. In contrast to Punch, which averages close to 10,000 sold units every month, the amount is minuscule. The soon-to-be-unveiled vehicle will compete against rivals like Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite in addition to Tata Punch.