The new Hyundai Mufasa is an SUV-style car, that is, a compact that had its design disclosed. Keep reading and learn more about it!
A few days before the Hyundai Mufasa made its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show, the automaker posted the first photos of the production version on Weibo. Predictably, the SUV looks like a toned down version of last month's beefy Mufasa Adventure concept and is expected to replace the aging iX35 in the Chinese market, below the similarly sized Tucson.
This isn't the first time we've seen the Hyundai Mufasa live, as photos and specifications were leaked last February on China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology website. Still, the new and official photos are more revealing, showing the SUV from different angles.
Despite being based on the widely used Sensuous Sportiness styling language, the Mufasa can be easily distinguished from other Hyundai-badged SUVs thanks to the vertically stacked headlights and the large grille that integrates the lower bumper intake.
In profile, the lining of the fenders is more aggressive than in the Tucson, and the windows are connected to the rear window by a frieze similar to that of the Elantra.
At the rear, full-width LED taillights wrap around a black panel with Hyundai lettering, and the bumper features fake air intakes and a decorative diffuser. Unfortunately, the company didn't show the five-seat interior, which is expected to feature a digital cockpit.
According to data from MIIT, Mufasa measures 176.1 inches in length, 72.8 inches in width and 66.4 inches in height. This makes it slightly shorter and narrower, but taller than the Tucson, which is also offered in China by Beijing Hyundai.
The new SUV will be powered by a 2.0-liter petrol engine with 158 hp (118 kW / 160 hp), although we cannot rule out the possibility of a hybrid option in the future.
More details about the Hyundai Mufasa will be released on April 18th, but we wouldn't be surprised if the automaker publishes more revealing photos before that date.
The model will be manufactured locally by Beijing Hyundai and it is unclear whether it will be exported to other markets outside of China.