The Auto Expo 2016 has begun with a slew of launches and companies showcasing their concept cars. Hyundai has joined the bandwagon by revealing the Carlino, a Sub-Compact SUV. It shares the same platform as the i20 and might therefore share the same set of engines, i.e. the 1.2 Litre Kappa2 Petrol and 1.4 Litre CRDi U2 Diesel. While the petrol engine produces 82 BHP of power and 115 Nm torque, the diesel unit produces 89 BHP power and 220 Nm torque.
Carlino is based on the fluidic 2.0 design philosophy and and appears to share much of its exterior styling with the i20 and Creta. The car features the same sweptback headlamps and new signature Hyundai Grille that is seen on all the new-age Hyundai cars. From the side profile, the car looks like a mini Creta with almost same wheel arches. The rear profile too looks inspired from the Creta and Santa Fe.
The production ready version of the Carlino Sub-Compact SUV is expected to be positioned below the company’s premium SUV Creta, which too is based on the i20 hatchback platform. Transmission options on offer could be the standard 5 speed manual with an option of 4 speed automatic in the future.
While the Hyundai Creta targets buyers looking for a premium SUV, the Hyundai Carlino sub-compact SUV will attract buyers looking for an affordable mini SUV. Upon its launch, the Hyundai will rival products like the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra TUV300 and Tata Nexon.
Besides the Hyundai Carlino concept car, the Korean carmaker also unveiled Tucson, an upcoming premium SUV. While the i20-based sub-compact SUV, Carlino, is expected to be launched by 2017, the Tucson will be rolled out sometime later this year.
Here is the updated gallery of the Hyundai Carlino concept. Have a look!