Hyundai recently unveiled the Casper micro-SUV in Korea and was believed to be India bound. Although, it is now confirmed that Hyundai India has rejected the offering for the Indian market as the car is too small for it. Factually, the Casper is smaller than the Hyundai Santro in length.
Just like our sub-4 meter regulation and Japan’s infamous KEI car regulations, South Korea also has a Gyeongcha regulation. This regulation covers cars that are no longer than 3.6 meters and Hyundai specifically developed it for that market following Korea’s light car regulations.
Even though it is hard to believe, it now stands that Hyundai India will not be competing in the micro-SUV category with the Tata Punch and the Mahindra KUV100. At least for now. In the future, maybe Hyundai reveals a Grand i10 Cross variant with the body cladding just like what we saw with the previous gen Elite i20.