India-bound Hyundai iX25 Compact SUV – This is it

Hyundai has unveiled the iX25 compact SUV at the ongoing Beijing Motor Show in China. The South Korean car maker plans to put the compact SUV into production from second half of this year, with the Chinese car market pitted to be the first of the many markets where the iX25 will go on sale.

The iX25 is aimed at the likes of the Ford EcoSport and the Renault Duster. With dimensions of 4,270 millimeters in length, 1,780 millimeters in width, 1,630 millimeters in height and 2,590 millimeters in wheelbase, the iX25 is larger than the EcoSport and similar in size to the Duster.

Hyundai hasn’t released much information about the compact SUV apart from mentioning that it would be powered by a 2 liter-4 cylinder petrol engine, whose power and torque ratings remain unspecified. The iX25 will arrive into India in 2015, with production set to take place at Hyundai’s Sriperumbudur factory, off Chennai.

In India, Hyundai is expected to sell the iX25 with petrol and turbo diesel engine options. An all wheel drive layout could be offered on the top-end variants while the rest of the line up will be front wheel driven. Both manual and automatic gearbox options are likely to be offered. Expect pricing to start under the 8 lakh rupee mark.

The compact SUV will be the first such product from Hyundai, and mirrors the styling of larger SUVs such as the Tucson and the Santa Fe. Featuring the Storm Edge design philosophy, the iX25 features a less curvy design than the Fluidic design philosophy, along with a profusion of straight lines.

Although the innards of the iX25 haven’t been officially revealed, the spyshots indicate a feature-rich environment on the inside, which is typical of modern-day Hyundai cars. As is the case with the exteriors, the interiors of the SUV dunks the flowing curves of the Fluidic design for a more angular layout.

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