Hyundai plans to conquer the unique Indian market with Casper, but also the rest of Asian countries.
"The hard nut is a strange fruit, don't break it but break your teeth," said Bishop Danilo in "Gorski vijenac". This could be perfectly applied to India and the automotive scene there, where numerous European brands were tested and the list ended in serious failure.
Whether Hyundai could succeed where Europeans are not, the new Casper will show. It is a miniature SUV model, in fact, if you believe the South Korean press representatives, it is also the smallest SUV in the world.
Casper is only 3,595 mm long, 1,595 wide, 1,575 high with a wheelbase of 2,400 mm. So, it is clear that this crossover belongs to the A segment, and in Europe its rival would be Fiat's Panda Cross or, say, Dacia Spring.
What about design? Striking appearance, with the application of some of the stylistic features used by other Hyundai models. First of all, a two-part light group on the front of the vehicle, while at the rear we see a similar look as with the Ioniq 5.
A side view indicates some interesting design solutions, such as a hidden rear door handle, but also very small overhangs and a cubic shape. Still, judging by the looks, the trunk will be extremely modest, but let’s wait for Hyundai’s final data before reaching a verdict on the matter.
The Koreans did not provide information about the appearance of the cabin, although it was announced that the Casper will be a four-seater, and that it will offer a "modern interior". What we do know is what the engine range will look like, and it will consist of two units.
Both powertrains have three cylinders and a displacement of one liter. The introductory engine is atmospheric with 76 hp, while the latter has the right to a turbocharger and has 100 "heads". These are aggregates available in the home, Korean market.
For India, there is a serious chance that a completely different choice will appear, several media outlets state that Indians will be able to buy a Casper with a 1.2-liter atmospheric block, well known to us from the i20 and i10 models for the European market.
The tiny SUV is positioned on the K1 platform, making it a close relative with vehicles like the aforementioned Hyundai i10 and Kia Picanto.
According to unofficial data, Hyundai should start production of the Casper in mid-September. From unnamed sources, news is coming that the Koreans are also working on a fully electric version of this SUV. The EV edition could reportedly be on the market in 2023.
As far as is known, Hyundai does not intend to offer Casper in Europe. But if the public interest in the Old Continent shows for such a four-wheeler, there is no doubt that Hyundai could easily change its position.