Hyundai has decided on a name for the smallest crossover in its lineup. According to the Bureau of Intellectual Property Rights of South Korea, the novelty will be called Casper. The all-terrain vehicle has already hit the lenses of photo spies during road tests, but before that, only the in-house index – AX1 was known. The debut date of the model, the first country for which will be India, is still unknown.
Previously, Hyundai chose names for crossovers that refer to cities or special places. For example, the Hyundai Palisade SUV is named after a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles, while Venue means “a place where people want to be seen” and must-see. The name Casper is associated with the hero of the cartoon series – a friendly ghost, invented in the late 30s of the last century. However, it is likely that Hyundai has not deviated from its own tradition and implies the city of Casper in Wyoming.
In the documents of the Bureau, the dimensions of the crossover also appeared, which turned out to be noticeably smaller than the compact Hyundai Venue. In all the images available to date, the car is wrapped in thick camouflage, but some details can still be seen: the car received a mesh grille, the pattern of which echoes the headlights, and optics in the style of Palisade.
The crossover is built on the K1 platform, which it shares with Santro and Aura. According to preliminary data, it is driven by a 1.1 or 1.2 liter gasoline engine; drive – no alternative front.
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. It is expected that the new product will become not only the smallest Hyundai crossover, but also the cheapest – the starting price tag will be about seven million won ($ 6,100).
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