Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) is all set to bring out its concept compact Sports Utility Vehicle at the upcoming Delhi Auto Expo 2012. Sometime ago, we mentioned about the Korean Auto giant planning to introduce a ‘mini-SUV’with dimensions not very smaller from the Tuscon that we had in India. This most probably is a significant part of auto maker’s plan to expand their range of offerings in Indian market. However, it is not clear if the upcoming Hyundai SUV will be below 4 metres in length to benefit from a reduced excise duty. It may be noted that an 8% reduction in excise duty is applicable to small cars within the 4 meter range and also to cars with petrol engines displacing less than 1200 cc or diesel engines less than 1500 cc. Mahindra and Mahindra’s upcoming Mini Xylo and Maruti Suzuki’s MPV should benefit from this excise duty benefit once they are launched in future.
Our hopes are high from the Korean car maker as we have seen some well sorted SUVs from Hyundai in past and we are eager to see the concept at Expo.