Hyundai iX25 Compact SUV – Second half 2015 launch likely in India

Hyundai is likely to launch the iX25 compact SUV in India, during the second half of 2015. The compact SUV is code-named the GS and will be Hyundai’s answer to the likes of the Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster. Although the Hyundai iX25 measures over 4 meters in length, keen pricing is on the cards given the South Korean automaker’s aggressive localization target of over 90 %.

The iX25 will form of a part of Hyundai India’s two pronged strategy for the compact SUV in India. The automaker is also readying up the i20 Elite Cross, a crossover styled hatchback to rival the Volkswagen Cross Polo and the Toyota Etios Cross. Coming back to the ix25, the compact SUV is likely to be sold with petrol and turbo diesel engine options.

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While the petrol motor will be the 1.6 liter VTVT naturally aspirated mill borrowed from the Verna, the compact SUV could either get the 1.4 liter or the 1.6 liter CRDI turbo diesel engines for the diesel powered variants. Both manual and automatic gearbox options are likely to be offered on the petrol engined model while the diesel powered iX25 is likely to be a manual-only affair.

A front wheel drive layout will be standard fare. While Hyundai offers an all wheel drive layout in the iX25 sold in China, it is unclear as to whether this option will be served up to the Indian compact SUV buyer. The iX25 is based on the Elite i20’s platform. Many features are likely to be borrowed from the Elite i20, with the interiors expected to have premium levels of fit and finish. The iX25 will be produced at Hyundai’s Sriperumbudur factory. Most of the compact SUV’s production will be routed to the Indian car market, with small volumes to be exported to neighboring nations.