Thekoreancarblog.com obtained insider information about the engines of the new Hyundai Casper model. The smallest crossover in the brand’s lineup, targeted at the markets of developing countries, will receive two modifications: with a liter “atmospheric” with a capacity of 76 horsepower and a turbo engine of the same volume, which develops 100 horsepower. According to rumors, the novelty will be offered with a five-speed manual transmission, and an alternative will be a “robot” or a four-band automatic.
According to Korean media reports, Casper is in the final stage of certification tests. The novelty is built on the K1 platform, familiar from other Hyundai budget models for developing countries, the Santro hatchback and the Aura sedan. The crossover will not exceed four meters in length and will be even more compact than the three-door Lada Niva Legend. A feature of the model will be that only two people will fit on the back sofa, and not three, as in a standard SUV.
Early spy shots showed Casper’s exterior design. The model has an unusual two-tiered optics with round headlights and taillights with a pattern made up of many triangles. The cabin will be equipped with a virtual instrument panel and a large screen for the infotainment system.
The production of the off-road vehicle will be set up at the Hyundai Motor Company in Gwangju, South Korea. The brand plans to release 70 thousand copies of Casper annually.
The novelty is expected to become not only the smallest Hyundai crossover, but also the cheapest.