Hyundai will introduce the iX25 compact SUV in India next year. The iX25 shares its platform with the i20 Elite B+ segment hatchback, and will be the South Korean automaker’s maiden compact SUV offering for the Indian car market. While the iX25 was spotted testing in India as far back as 2013, testing has begun in full swing, what with the compact SUV’s being spotted testing with the likes of the Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster as benchmarks.
Hyundai India is expected to launch the iX25 compact SUV with 1.4 liter and 1.6 liter turbo diesel engines, which will be shared with the likes of the i20 Elite and the Verna Fluidic cars. Hyundai offers the iX25 with a 1.6 liter petrol motor and a four wheel drive option in the Chinese domestic market. While the 1.6 liter engine could be offered in India as well, the four wheel drive layout, if made available here, is more likely to be offered on the diesel powered models.
The iX25 is a five seat SUV that is larger than the likes of the Ford EcoSport and the upcoming Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha compact SUVs, with a length measuring over 4 meters. This longer length will mean that Hyundai won’t be eligible to gain excise duty benefits available on sub-4 meter cars. On the other hand, the additional length will allow Hyundai to pack in larger engines, and also deliver better room for the passengers on the inside.
Like most other cars wearing the slated H on the bonnet, the iX25 is expected to be stuffed with features. Based on the Storm Edge design philosophy that is shared with the Santa Fe crossover, the iX25 unveiled for China features a driver-arm rest, start-stop button, steering mounted media controls, automatic climate control, rear AC vents and an infotainment system replete with a CD player.
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