2016 Auto Expo - Hyundai brings in Carlino concept, unveils Tucson for India

Hyundai sprung a surprise at the ongoing 2016 Auto Expo in New Delhi by bringing in its Carlino concept. Designed by the company's Namyang design center in South Korea, the Carlino, codenamed HND 14, previews a potential compact SUV from Hyundai targeted at the Ford Ecosport and Maruti-Suzuki's just-unveiled Vitara Brezza.

Sporting slim headlights, flat hood, boxy taillights, front and rear skid plates and an overall squarish design, the Carlino concept looks butch and macho, just how an SUV is supposed to look. Of course, there are conceptual elements like suicide doors, massive wheels shod with ultra low profile tires and side air intakes that aren't going to make it to the production version. But, considering how well the Santa Fe and Creta turned out, we would be really surprised if the Carlino's production version doesn't turn out to be as good-looking, if not better.

Neither the interiors nor the technical specifications of the concept were revealed, indicating that this is just a design preview to keep the competition and potential compact SUV buyers interested.

Along with the Carlino concept, another Hyundai SUV stole the limelight at the Auto Expo. The Tucson, that had a forgettable first stint in India, made a comeback at the biennial event. Now that Indians have warmed up to buying expensive Hyundais and SUVs are all the rage, the all-new Tucson can hope for a better outing this time around. To be slotted between the smash hit Creta and the Santa Fe, the Tucson would be locking horns directly with the Mahindra XUV5OO when it goes on sale later this year.

A smaller Santa Fe or a bigger Creta, depending on how you look at it, is coming your way. So what do you do? Just hold on to the 15-20 Lakhs you thought of spending on a new car and watch this space!

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