The all-new 2022 Hyundai Casper goes on sale today in South Korea and it also happens to be the smallest SUV on sale in their market. First images of the Casper were released a few weeks ago except for the interior. Today, the South Korean automaker has released the full details of their latest vehicle. As mentioned previously, the all-new Hyundai Casper was named after a trick in skateboarding, not Casper the ghost as many are probably assuming.
The cutesy-styled small crossover SUV features a friendly front fascia, with the main headlights and LED daytime running lights being two separate pieces. To project an image of ruggedness, the Casper also features a discreet amount of black plastic cladding. Surrounding those tiny wheels are blistered wheel arches that give this small SUV more presence. At the rear, the LED taillights are housed in a single black plastic piece that mirrors those in the LED daytime running lights.
Cheap definitely means cheerful inside the Hyundai Casper, because its interior is far from being a dreadful place to be in. As a matter of fact, it even has loads of character with its rounded shapes and colorful highlights. From the photos, we think it’s made out of hard plastics, as expected in this class. But unlike most superminis, the Casper features stuff like an 8-inch touch screen, a 4.2-inch digital gauge cluster, and heck even a 6-speaker audio system.
Measuring 3,595 mm long, 1,595 mm wide, and 1,575 mm tall, the 2022 Hyundai Casper is as small as its platform-mate, the Kia Picanto and Hyundai i10. However, Hyundai engineered the Casper to still be relatively spacious inside. Hyundai also claims that the Casper has the world’s first front seats that can fold down fully flat, which enables the Casper to carry items as long as 2,095 mm.
Additionally, the rear seats can slide fore and aft by as much as 160 mm. With the rear seats slid forward, there’s a generous 301 liters of available space.
Powering the Hyundai Casper are two 1.0-liter engine choices. The base non-turbo one produces 76 hp and 95 Nm of torque while the turbocharged version produces a healthy 100 hp and a strong 172 Nm of torque. Power is sent through the front wheels via a 4-speed automatic.
Despite being marketed as a crossover SUV, the 2022 Hyundai Casper does not have all-wheel drive (AWD). Instead, it has a 2WD Rough Rode Mode that lets the driver choose between snow, sand, or mud.
While the Casper is Hyundai’s smallest SUV, it definitely is not short on safety. 7 airbags, traction and stability control all come as standard, while mid-spec variants gain automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist. The top-trim Inspiration variant gets the full suite of Hyundai SmartSense advanced driver-assist systems, adding navigation-based radar-guided Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning with Collision Avoidance, Rear Side Collision Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Avoidance Assist, and Automatic High Beam.
The 2022 Hyundai Casper is now on sale in South Korea, though the chances of this being offered in the Philippines are almost impossible. Still, do you wish for Hyundai Philippines to offer this car in our market?