After a brief introduction to the tiny SUV, Hyundai has opened the placement of reservations for the new Casper. Measuring just 3.6 metres in length and 1.6 metres in width, the Hyundai Casper is even smaller than our Perodua Ativa yet can be had with a 1.0-litre turbo engine!
Hyundai Korea is offering the Casper in three variants across a choice of naturally-aspirated or turbocharged 1.0-litre engine (Casper Active)- Smart, Modern and Inspiration. The maximum available power of 96 hp and 95 Nm is sent to the front wheels via four-speed automatic transmission.
Key selling features in the Hyundai Casper is the multi-functional interior and the full suite of safety features. The designers have cleared the central section of the front seats to accommodate a bench seat for added convenience. A two-tone colour scheme adds to the youthful and active personality of the Hyundai Casper.
To allow owners to fully maximise the interior space of the Hyundai Casper, the front seats can be fully folded downwards and combined with the sliding rear seats for relaxation like on a comfortable lounge. The rear seats can recline as much as 39 degrees, a significant angle given the compact dimensions.
When all seats are fully folded, an interior length of 2,059 mm allows for a comfortable lie down for quick naps after completing outdoor activities.
The new Hyundai Casper is fitted with a host of advanced safety features including a centre side airbag on the front seats to minimise side contact between the two occupants. Apart from the usual active advanced safety assist systems like autonomous emergency braking, the Hyundai Casper also comes with Smart Cruise Control and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist.
Pricing for the Hyundai Casper 1.0 non-turbo engine begins at KRW13.85 million (approx. RM49.4k) for the Smart variant, KRW15.9 million (approx. RM57k) for the Modern and KRW18.7 million (approx. RM66.6k) for the Inspiration.
The Casper Active with a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine, available on all variants, meanwhile requires customers to top up KRW900,000 to KRW950,000 (approx. RM3.2k to RM3.4k), making the range-topping Casper Inspiration Active priced at KRW19.6 million (approx. RM70k).
For reference, the range-topping Hyundai Casper Inspiration Active is priced just KRW20,000 cheaper than an entry-level Hyundai Kona 2.0 IVT.