Hyundai unveiled the Casper as an extremely compact SUV-style city car for its South Korean domestic market.
The inspiration for the name is said to come from the ‘Casper’ skateboarding trick, in which the board is flipped upside down and upside down in one quick motion.
Hyundai says the trick embodies its own efforts “to change the landscape and stereotypes of the existing car market.”
The small SUV has a wheelbase of 2400 mm and is 3,595mm long, 1,595mm wide and 1,575mm high, making it almost exactly the same size as a Volkswagen Up. The model will launch with the option of an entry-level 1.0 MPI naturally aspirated engine or the more powerful 1.0 T-GDI turbo engine, available in the UK in the i10 supermini. The T-GDI model benefits from an improved sporty styling with a mesh grille and a turbo engine.
The Casper was designed with functionality in mind, with a roof rack and wide trunk opening for easy loading. The rear passenger doors feature pronounced wheel arches and the rear door handles are hidden next to the windows.
The front is visually divided, with slim indicators placed upward and large round headlights lower. The rear features the same design approach, with the indicators located just below the rear window. Skid plates at the front and rear give the Casper a more rugged look, although Hyundai has yet to reveal performance data for the Casper.
Hyundai has a dedicated Casper launch website so customers can express interest and start booking early this month. The cars are expected to be delivered before the end of this year. The Casper will be available in Korea only.
Hyundai said the Casper focuses on safety and space. Hyundai’s executive vice president of design, Sang-yeop Lee, said, “The Casper is a vehicle designed for all generations who seek individuality and youthful sensibility. “
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This notice was published: 2021-09-02 10:10:26