South Korean outlet Pulse reports that Hyundai will offer an electric Casper by 2024 with a driving range up to 400km.

The quirkily-styled crossover Hyundai Casper is based on the same platform as the i20 and Kia Picanto, and has been sold in South Korea since 2021.

In South Korea, Hyundai offers it with with a pair of inline three-cylinder engines, either a 56kW 1.0-litre naturally aspirated unit or a 74kW turbocharged option, both mated to a four-speed auto.

Although it has Snow, Mud and Sand modes, the Casper is front-drive only.

South Korean outlet Pulse reports that Hyundai will offer an electric Casper by 2024 with a driving range up to 400km.

The electric Hyundai Casper would compete against the electric Chevrolet Bolt (not offered in Australia), which uses a single front-mounted 149kW electric motor and 66kWh battery offering 380km WLTP range.

The Bolt costs around AU$25,000 in South Korea with subsidies.

Above: the Casper is also offered in a van-like form

In South Korea, the four-seat Casper has helped drive a resurgence in small car sales. Importantly, Hyundai – speaking with Wheels on the international first drive of the new Ioniq 6 – hasn’t rule out the Casper as a potential new model in Australia.

“We analyse the business case for all overseas models and the Casper is no different,” a Hyundai Australia spokesperson told Wheels.

“It’s a fantastic-looking little car and would prove popular in a segment Hyundai has been good at in Australia in the past.”

For now, Hyundai Australia’s cheapest EV is the ‘Standard Range’ Kona Electric Elite, priced from $54,500.

Critically, the Casper – a smaller and more budget-focused offering than the Kona – would give Hyundai a price rival to the MG ZS EV and BYD Atto 3, although both outdo the Casper in size.

MODEL WHEELBASE LENGTH WIDTH HEIGHT
Hyundai Casper 2400mm 3595mm 1595mm 1575mm
Hyundai Kona 2600mm 4165mm 1800mm 1550mm
MG ZS EV 2585mm 4314mm 1809mm 1611mm
BYD Atto 3 2720mm 4455mm 1865mm 1615mm

Wheels road-tested the Casper in South Korea and will publish a first drive review next week.

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