It seems Hyundai just can't get enough of crossovers. After revealing the Venue and the Bayon, we thought the automaker couldn't make another small crossover. But it seems they're out to prove that they can go even smaller.
Say hello to the 2022 Hyundai Casper, and boy is it tiny. While not officially launched, Hyundai decided to share the first images of the upcoming model. But why did Hyundai call it 'Casper'?
Before some of you say it was named after a certain 'friendly ghost', the name is derived from a kick-flip technique used in skateboarding. According to Hyundai, the Casper name implies the brand's 'change in direction' when it comes to making small SUVs.
Styling-wise, the Casper appears to have a Nissan Juke-like face featuring a massive grille, circular headlights, and top-mounted LED daytime running lights (DRLs). Because of its size, the rear looks more like a hatchback than a crossover. There are also full-width LED taillights and what appear to be round reverse lights. Rounding up the exterior details are the stylish alloy wheels and black body cladding.
There are no specifications yet available for the Casper. But it seems that this will be smaller than the Venue and Bayon. We won't be surprised if the Casper measures less than 4 meters long. If that is the case, it could be classified as a micro SUV already.
Under the hood, the Casper will be available with two three-cylinder engines. These are the 1.0-liter MPI naturally-aspirated inline-three and the 1.0-liter T-GDI turbocharged three-cylinder mill. Output figures, as well as transmission options, have yet to be revealed for the two engines.
Early bird reservations for the Hyundai Casper will start sometime this month in Korea. However, Hyundai has yet to announce when they will be launching the all-new crossover. Our best guess is that the company will officially launch the Casper later this year or in early 2022.
With crossovers continuing to dominate the global market, should Hyundai Philippines bring the Casper to slot below the Venue once it's launched in Korea? Share your comments below.