Hyundai Exter, the new compact SUV from the automaker, has received over 50,000 pre-orders after bookings were opened back in May. The SUV was launched last month at a very competitive starting price of Rs 6 lakh. The top-spec SX(O) Connect trim of the Exter fetches Rs 10 lakh.
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Hyundai Exter: An instant success
Hyundai Exter is available in five trims – E, S, SX, SX(O), and SX(O) Connect. It stands at dimensions of 3,815mm x 1,710mm x 1,631mm and gets a boxy design for the front and rear fascias. The headlamps and tail lamps make use of the H-shaped design. The SUV is available in six solid colours, three dual-tone paint schemes, and three interior colour themes.
Hyundai Exter shares its interior layout with Hyundai Aura and Grand i10 Nios. Its patterned dashboard is also similar to the two Hyundai offerings. However, the Exter gets some exclusive highlights like an all-black theme and a fully-digital instrument cluster.
Hyundai’s debut micro SUV is packed with features. It gets an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto support, and a fully digital 4.2-inch instrument cluster with support for multiple Indian languages. The touchscreen infotainment system has a built-in navigation system. It also gets some high-end features in the form of a single-pane sunroom and a dashcam with front and rear cameras.
Powering the Exter is a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. This engine can produce a maximum power output of 83hp and 114Nm of torque. It can be paired with a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox. The CNG variants produce a maximum power output of 69hp and 95.2Nm of torque.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr Tarun Garg, COO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd., said, “With Hyundai EXTER, we have continued our pursuit of democratizing advanced technology, superior quality, next-gen features, safety and comfort for customers. This SUV has redefined benchmarks in the country and offers customers superior safety with 6 Airbags as standard and ESC, VSM, HAC available across all trims as option. The response to EXTER is euphoric, so much so that the bookings have zoomed from 10,000 prelaunch to 50,000 plus in less than 30 days of launch. What is also interesting to witness is that the trims with sunroof constitute more than 75% of total bookings signaling a big thumbs up from the customers for the segment raising benchmark features introduced in the EXTER. HMIL would like to sincerely thank our customers for their trust and love for Hyundai EXTER and we are confident that the Hyundai SUV Life will continue to elevate their aspirations.”
Hyundai Exter is manufactured locally in India. The automaker also plans on exporting the SUV from India to foreign markets. In India, the Exter rivals Tata Punch, Maruti Suzuki Fronx, and Citroen C3.