Remember when images of what appear to be Hyundai's new minivan leaked onto the web last April? While Hyundai has yet to officially reveal the Custo, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) unofficially gave us a sneak peek of the brand's upcoming people carrier.
So far, Hyundai has been quiet regarding the existence of such a vehicle. However, that all changed when Hyundai recently released teaser images of the upcoming Custo.
We already know its name. We also have an idea of what it looks like thanks to the earlier photos. But Hyundai might have made some changes to its design since then. We're glad to report that's not the case. Based on Hyundai's teaser photos, the all-new Custo will feature a Tucson-like face thanks to a big grille and distinct LED headlights.
Unlike most minivans which sit low to the ground, the Custo appears to sit slightly higher. This gives the Custo a crossover-like appearance despite being a minivan. Meanwhile, full-width LED taillights give the minivan a sportier appeal. The Hyundai Custo comes with sliding doors on both sides; it is a minivan, after all.
In terms of seating capacity, the Custo will supposedly come with 7 seats via a 2+2+3 layout. If the previously leaked photos are to be believed, the Custo could get captain seats in the second row while a bench seat takes up space on the third row.
Under the hood, the Custo could come with two turbocharged engines. First is a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four that puts out 167 PS. The other engine is a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that will supposedly produce 237 PS. An eight-speed automatic gearbox will reportedly be available for the Hyundai Custo.
Once Hyundai launches the all-new Custo in China, the question now is this: Would it make sense in the Philippines? It could. Hyundai Asia Resources Inc (HARI) has yet to offer a compact 7-seat model in the country. And since HARI already sources the Reina from China, they could take advantage of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement and offer the Custo at affordable prices. Remember, the Custo is available with a 1.5-liter engine, which means they only need to pay a 5% import duty.
Expect Hyundai to reveal the all-new Custo in the coming weeks.