The dawn of the 2016 Auto Expo in New Delhi, India is upon us and it’s time to see the most interesting introductions from the event.
One of them will for sure be the presentation by Hyundai of the new HND-14 Carlino small crossover. The automaker didn’t need to take huge wraps off the model as it stands at less than four meters (157.4 inches) long, with the Carlion most likely acting as a preview for a model that could act as Hyundai’s response to the rivals in the segment – such s the Ford EcoSport. Since we’re talking about a prototype, the Carlion has some interesting styling cues besides the blocky body design – flush door handles and cameras as opposed to conventional exterior mirrors. Off-road credentials might also be in order as we noticed some front and back scuff plates and the protruding wheel arches that house what look like off-road tires and rims. The concept also comes with sleek LED headlights and a different take on the grille and out in the back we took heed at the square taillights that look inspired by the Jeep Reengade.
There are no photos of the interior – most likely the cabin wasn’t even finished as the windows are opaque – but if the production version arrives soon the model would slot beneath the equally new Creta. It could adopt the i20 platform and make use of its lineup of engines (1.2 gasoline and 1.4-liter diesel) and transmissions as well.