Think: friendly ghosts.
Hyundai's SUV range has expanded considerably in response to the growing demand in the US, from the new 2020 Santa Fe to the flagship Palisade three-row SUV. Slotting below the Kona, the Venue is Hyundai's smallest SUV sold in America, but Hyundai sells even smaller SUVs overseas like the Bayon.
According to a report by Gaadi Waadi, Hyundai is cooking up an even smaller SUV than the Venue and Bayon that will allegedly be called the Casper. Based on Hyundai's K10 platform, the Casper reportedly measures 141.5 inches long, making it ideal for navigating crowded cities. This makes it even smaller than the Bayon, which is 164.6 inches long, and the Venue, which is 159.1 inches long.
Spy shots give us a first look at the Casper's quirky design, which adopts a rectangular grille with triangular slats, slim LED daytime running lights positioned above retro-looking circular headlights, roof rails, and a roof-mounted spoiler.
Since it shares the same platform as the Grand i10 Nios, the Casper will likely be powered by a 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine producing 83 hp and 84 lb-ft of torque, paired with a five-speed manual or automatic transmission. Reports suggest a cheaper variant could also be offered with the same 1.1-liter gasoline engine as the Hyundai Santra, which generates 68 hp and 70 lb-ft.
Higher spec variants are expected to be equipped with a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and a multifunctional steering wheel.
As you've probably gathered by now, Hyundai isn't planning to sell the Casper in America as it's too small for the US market. Hyundai's new tiny SUV is expected to make its global debut later this year and go on sale in South Korea followed by other markets such as India, where it will compete against the Tata HBX, Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the Mahindra KUV100.