If you think the SUV segment couldn’t get any better, just wait for the New York Auto Show as you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The all-new stylishly ‘boxy’ Hyundai Styx will make its debut this year joining the Kona, Creta, Tucson, Santa Fe and the Palisade in the already impressive global line-up.
One of Hyundai’s high-ranking design executives confirmed that their new baby crossover will be unveiled with a “very boxy, bold, bull-doggy character”. It will slot in beautifully below the Kona and facelifted Hyundai Creta, both receiving impressive reviews.
SangYup Lee, head of the Hyundai Global Design Centre in Namyang confirmed that the Hyundai Styx will be “smaller” and “distinctively different than the Kona”. He also added that the new subcompact crossover features a “very, very distinctive two-box area”.
What Exactly Is The Hyundai Styx?
Despite making its upcoming debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show, the Hyundai Styx was in fact designed for developing countries. That should give you a good indication of the quality and potential this baby SUV could have globally.
Recently, the Hyundai Styx has been spotted driving around Indian roads looking much the part of a smaller SUV. It looks to be a sub-4 meter vehicle which is slightly smaller than the Kona measuring 4,165 mm long. There certainly is a method behind the madness of introducing another compact SUV as Hyundai wants to have one of the widest ranges of crossovers among the competition. And why not, as they’ve done such a stellar job with the Kona, Creta and the bigger cousins that adding another to the list will only strengthen the brand even further.
In terms of exterior styling, speculation is rife that the Hyundai Styx could take a page from the 2016 Carlino Concept. That was also a sub-4 meter featuring a boxy, upright styling which could make it stand out more from the current crop of Hyundai crossovers.
As for the production model though, it will likely follow the current design trend of Hyundai’s extensive portfolio. These early sightings suggest a wider cascade grille, lower projector beam headlights, LED daytime running lights on the edges of the bonnet, new taillights, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Chances are it will have multiple engine options ranging from 1.2 petrol to 1.5 diesel.
While it’s always fun to speculate, we’ll just have to wait and see what the final Hyundai Styx will look like. It seems as if it will definitely be available in America and India but there is little information about other markets. However, considering the concept behind the design and the market they want to attract, it is very likely that the Hyundai Styx could come to South Africa although nothing has been confirmed yet. We will continue to bring you all the latest developments from around the world so please stay up to date by following our blog and joining us on Facebook.