It's even smaller than the Venue.
Hyundai offers a diverse range of SUVs in all shapes and sizes, from the subcompact Venue and quirky Kona crossover to the midsize Santa Fe and the full-size luxury Palisade. Outside of the US, however, Hyundai is about to launch its smallest SUV yet.
It's called the AX1 and it will slot below the Venue, the smallest SUV Hyundai sells in America. To give you an idea of the AX1's proportions, it will be even smaller than the already compact Venue, which measures 159.1 inches long, 69.7 inches wide, and 61.6 inches high, with a 99.2-inch wheelbase.
Ahead of the AX1's world debut, Hyundai has released two teaser images of the tiny SUV. The first image focuses on the AX1's funky circular daytime running lights integrated into the bumper with an outer LED ring. We also get a glimpse of the grille's triangular mesh pattern. The second teaser previews the unique taillight design featuring triangular LEDs.
Sadly, the teaser images don't give us an idea of the SUV's shape, but spy shots of prototypes suggest it will have a boxy design and a flat roof. Underpinning the AX1 will be the same K1 platform used by the Grand i10 Nios sold in India, meaning the AX1 will measure between 145 and 149 inches long.
As for the powertrain, Hyundai hasn't released any technical details, but the small SUV is expected to utilize a 1.1-liter engine producing 68 hp and 77 lb-ft of torque. This unit will reportedly be mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic.
Hyundai is also expected to offer a more powerful variant with a 1.2-liter gasoline engine rated at 82 hp and 83 lb-ft. Initially, the AX1 is expected to go on sale in South Korea before launching in other international markets such as India, where it will compete against the notoriously unsafe Suzuki S-Presso. As you've probably guessed by now, the AX1 will be too small for the American market, so don't expect it to go on sale in the US.