Hyundai first teaser of new compact crossover AX1May 4, 2021
Hyundai has announced a brand new micro SUV, codenamed AX1, ahead of its international expansion. In the official teaser, the brand showed the optics and design of the rear lights of the novelty. That being said, it is unclear whether Hyundai will present a final product or a production-ready concept.
Two teaser images show off the headlights and taillights of the micro SUV. The AX1 will follow Hyundai’s SUV design language with split headlights at the front.
The teaser image shows a circular projector mounted inside the bumper. The device is equipped with a DRL LED ring, with the top of the photo also giving no indication of the top light cluster. It may contain direction indicators.
The taillight image shows a block with an intricate triangular pattern. These can be LED modules. The same can be seen in some spy images of the rear of the car. Spy images have shown that the AX1 will receive split light groups at the rear with additional bumper blocks that will contain the taillight and indicators.
Hyundai confirmed development of the micro SUV back in 2018 with spy shots of test mules that will appear on various websites by 2020. Prototypes show that the AX1 will get vertical proportions with an SUV of around 3.7-3.8m, which is less than the Hyundai Venue.
The AX1 could be built on the Hyundai K1 platform, which underpins the Grand i10 Nios in India.
The compact SUV will use the latter’s 1.2-liter petrol engine, although lower models will get the Santro’s 1.1-liter unit to keep costs down.
The AX1 is expected to go into series production in Korea first. The world premiere of the model will take place in the coming months. At home, the start of sales is scheduled for this fall.
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