Rivals: Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Mahindra Mini Xylo, Tata Sumo Grande
Hyundai HND 7 Hexa Space is a new Multi Purpose Vehicle that the Korean manufacturer seems to be working on, reflecting its vision for family mobility. The car will obviously be developed on Hyundai's popular Fluidic platform, giving the appearance that the car is in motion even while parked.
Rather than the exteriors, the interiors of the Hexa Space are its highlights. Hyundai has resorted to the new hexagon theme while developing the car. It is looking to redefine the meaning of interior space with this model, which was only known by the name HND-7 before the Expo started. This vehicle will have hexagonal seats that will join seamlessly, creating a honeycomb-shaped matrix, rendering the car with sufficient space to seat up to 8 passengers comfortably. The unique seating structure will enable the car maker to use space judiciously and ensure that the car has enough leg room and head room despite its limited wheel base.
The seating arrangement itself is quite unique; the first two rows have three seats each, with the last row having two seats. The middle seats of the first two rows are set a little behind the adjoining seats. This will allow eight passengers to sit comfortably despite the restricted exterior dimensions. With space as its objective, the company has made sure that the whole middle row can be folded, giving the feel of a limousine. On the other hand, the back row can be folded completely to give the extra luggage space for long journeys.
The manufacturer has used a wide variety of material and included many prominent lines while crafting the surface of side panels of Hexa Space. It has also taken care of interior comfort and convenience by fitting the car with touch-screen controls, air purifier and button-operated gear-changer. In order to make access and egress easy and convenient, Hyundai has used rear doors that move up and slide backwards. The manufacturer has removed the centre pillar altogether, making the open-door area as long as the vehicle itself.
The front fascia of the Hexa Space will have a wide grille that is flanked by swept-back LED headlights and fog lights. The rear of the car looks quite futuristic, with angular tail-lights that merge seamlessly into the Fluidic side profile of the car. Technically speaking, the Hexa Space will be powered by a 1.2 L, 4 cylinder Kappa direct-injection turbocharged engine with six speed automatic transmission system. Hyundai is looking to target the youth and suburban families with this new MPV; however, when the car would actually hit the roads remains to be seen.