South Korean automaker Hyundai will make a big splash in the Indian compact SUV segment next year, with the iX25. The 2015 Hyundai iX25 will be built at Hyundai’s Sriperumbudur factory, off Chennai, with heavy localization to boot. The SUV has already been launched in China, a neighboring car market.
Rushlane reports that the iX25 will also be exported to neighboring countries in South East Asia. Recently, Hyundai India cut back on exports to the European car market, to satiate the demand arising out of India. Back then, Hyundai India reiterated that exports will still continue, albeit with the Indian car market getting first priority.
Hyundai currently has a production capacity of 680,000 cars/year at its Sriperumbudur factory and the automaker is set to utilize the full capacity of this facility once the iX25 is brought to the Indian market. So, the exports of the iX25 to South East Asia, will be a limited affair at best given Hyundai’s production constraints.
Coming to the iX25 compact SUV in itself, the vehicle will measure over 4 meters in length, and in consequence will not be eligible for the lower rate of excise that the Indian government confers on sub-4 meter cars sold here. The Hyundai iX25 is expected to compete with compact SUVs such as the Renault Duster, the Nissan Terrano and the upcoming Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. Pricing levels of the Hyundai iX25 are expected to closely match that of the Renault Duster, which is priced between 7.86 and 12.99 lakh rupees.
Both petrol and turbo diesel engines will be offered on the iX25. The 1.6 liter petrol and turbo diesel engines that do duty on the Verna are likely to make the cut into the iX25’s engine bay. The petrol engined model is likely to be made available with both manual and automatic gearboxes, with the diesel engined model likely to make do with a manual transmission.
While Hyundai does have a four wheel drive system ready for use on the iX25 compact SUV, it remains to be seen whether such an option is given a go-ahead by Hyundai for India. A front wheel drive set up will be standard fare on the iX25 sold here, in the interests of pricing and fuel efficiency.
Gauging from the rich set of features that the iX25 sold in China is equipped with, expect the India-spec version to also be feature loaded. From automatic climate control to reverse parking sensors, airbags and ABS to plushly appointed interiors, the India-spec Hyundai iX25 is likely to mark the advent of no-compromise SUVs in the compact SUV segment.