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Meet the grumpy yet adorable Hyundai Exter

This is the Casper’s outdoorsy sibling for the Indian market

We want more tiny crossovers all over the world. PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

The new trend today seems to be tiny crossovers, which we’re all in favor of. The Hyundai Casper is one adorable crossover that has captured the hearts of countless people around the world. Unfortunately, it’s a Korean market-exclusive vehicle (at the moment), but the Indians are soon getting their own micro-crossover in the form of the Hyundai Exter.

Do you prefer the Exter's looks over the Casper? PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

If you thought the Casper was a little too cute for your taste, then you’ll love the rugged and angas aesthetic the Exter is gunning for, even if its diminutive dimensions still end up making it look equally adorable (just like the Suzuki Jimny).

For one, it has a face that’s memorable—especially with the H-Signature LED DRLs, with the main projector headlights flanking the main grille with the “Exter” emblem just above.

Otherwise, you’ll see the usual outdoorsy affair of exterior cosmetics such as the two-tone Ranger Khaki finish, roof rails, a silver skid plate, boxy fender flares, a generous amount of plastic cladding, and the interesting two-tone multi-spoke wheels.

For sure, there will be people daring enough to go off-roading with their Exter. PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

The two engine choices are a 1.2-liter Kappa petrol engine mated either to a five-speed manual transmission or an automated manual transmission, and a CNG bi-fuel variant of the aforementioned engine with a five-speed manual.

The car comes in five trim options: EX, S, SX, SX(O), and SX(O) Connect. If you live in India, you can pre-book your order, but with no price announced.

If you were given the choice, would you rather have Hyundai Motor Philippines introduce this or the Casper?

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.