Cool fact: it's named after a famous skateboarding trick.
We've known for a while that Hyundai is cooking up a new compact SUV that will slot below the Venue (also pictured below). Rumors suggested Hyundai's smallest SUV is called the Casper, and now we can confirm this was correct. Following teasers released earlier this year, Hyundai has revealed the first images and details of the Casper, confirming the new compact SUV will go on sale later this year. And no, in case you're wondering, the cutesy name isn't inspired by Casper the Friendly Ghost - it's named after the famous casper skateboard flip trick.
As we saw in teasers and spy shots, the Hyundai Casper takes the form of a compact city SUV designed to reflect the "taste and lifestyle of customers who pursue practicality, safety, and individual design."
Photos released by Hyundai give us a first look at the Casper's boxy design, which incorporates retro-style circular headlights, sleek daytime running lights, stylish dual-tone alloy wheels, and taillights that integrate into the rear window.
Roof rails, skid plates, and copious amounts of plastic cladding also make the Casper look surprisingly rugged. Its quirky design looks unlike any other model in Hyundai's current range. The entry-level model features a silver parametric grille, while the active variant has a black grille with additional air intakes. In terms of dimensions, the Casper is reportedly only 141.7 inches long, making it even smaller than the 159.1-inch-long Venue, the smallest SUV Hyundai sells in America.
Under the skin, the tiny SUV is underpinned by the same K1 platform as the Hyundai i10. As for engine options, the South Korean version will be available with a naturally-aspirated 1.0-liter MPI engine and a turbocharged 1.0-liter T-GDI unit. Technical specifications are being kept under wraps for now, but these engines produce 75 hp and 99 hp respectively in the i10, which is available with either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.
The Casper will also reportedly be sold in India with a naturally aspirated 1.2-liter Kappa MPI four-cylinder engine rated at 83 hp. Production of the Hyundai Casper is expected to start on September 15 in South Korea, so we should find out more details about Hyundai's small SUV soon. We will be very surprised if the Casper is sold here, though, as it will be too small to appeal to the US market.