Brand new super mini car for Koreans – the Casper

Lee Sooyeon

             Hyundai has revealed the Casper as an extremely compact, SUV-style supermini for its South Korean home market. The inspiration for the name is said to come from the skateboarding trick ‘Casper’, in which the board is flipped upside down and back to front all in one swift movement.

             Hyundai says this trick embodies its own efforts to change the landscape and stereotypes of the existing automobile market. The small SUV has a 2,400mm wheelbase and is 3,595mm long, 1,595mm wide and 1,575mm tall – which is the same size as a Volkswagen Up. The model is launched with the option of an entry-level, naturally aspirated 1.0 MPI engine or the more potent 1.0 T-GDI turbo motor, as available in the UK in the i10 supermini. The T-GDI model gets upgraded sporty styling with a mesh grille and turbo engine.

             The Casper has been designed with functionality in mind, complete with roof rack and a wide boot opening for easy loading. The rear passenger doors show off pronounced wheel arches and the rear door handles are hidden next to the windows. The front end is split visually, with thin indicators placed towards the top and large round headlights further down. The rear features the same design approach, with the indicators sitting just below the rear window.

p.c: Hyundai.com

             Hyundai has a dedicated website for the Casper launch so customers can register their interest and start early reservations this month. Cars are expected to be delivered before the end of this year. Hyundai has stated that the Casper is focused on safety and space, which is perfectly targeted for those who cares a lot about driving experience.

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