And it could spawn a fully electric variant.
Hyundai is on a high right now. The Korean automaker is preparing to launch the Ioniq 5 as its first-ever dedicated electric vehicle, the redesigned Tuscon is already a huge hit, and Hyundai has earned more Top Safety Pick awards from the IIHS than any other automaker in the US this year.
Its SUV lineup has also never been stronger, with a diverse range of models covering just about every segment from the entry-level Venue to the full-size luxury Palisade. And yet Hyundai has found room to squeeze another SUV into its crowded lineup. A few months ago, Hyundai teased a new compact SUV with funky styling that will reportedly be called the Casper, and now new details are starting to emerge.
According to local media, the Casper will initially be sold in South Korea with a naturally aspirated 1.0-liter engine producing 75 hp and a turbocharged variant with 99 hp. Indian variants are also expected to be offered with a 1.2-liter gasoline engine. Later in its model lifecycle, the Casper could also be offered as a fully electric compact SUV. BorgWarner has confirmed that Hyundai will start production of a fully electric A-Segment vehicle in mid-2023, which could be an electric variant of the Casper. BorgWarner will supply the integrated drive module for Hyundai's new small EV with a gearbox, inverter, and electric motor producing up to 181 hp.
This will be one of 23 EVs Hyundai Group will launch by 2025 including the Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, and the GV60. Underpinned by the Hyundai i10's platform, the Casper will reportedly measure 141.7 inches long, making it Hyundai's smallest SUV by a significant margin. For comparison, the compact Venue is 159.1 inches long.
The combustion-powered Hyundai Casper is expected to be unveiled later this year. Production will allegedly start in September in South Korea, while the Indian version is expected to go on sale in 2022. Potentially, the Casper could also be sold in Europe and slot below the Bayon. Given that the Bayon isn't sold in America, a US launch for the Casper seems very unlikely.