Snapshot: South Korean car maker Hyundai is readying up the iX25 compact SUV for a world debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show to be held in April. To be first launched in China, the iX20 Hyundai Compact SUV will also be launched in India sometime next year while Brazil is another possible market for the iX25. In terms of design, the iX25 is said to derive inspiration from the Hyundai Curb SUV concept that was first showcased at the Detroit Motor Show in 2011.
A rival to the Ford EcoSport globally, the compact SUV will be launched with petrol and diesel engine options. Although the Hyundai iX25 is being touted as an EcoSport rival, the compact SUV is not likely to measure under 4 meters in length. Based on the next-generation Hyundai i20 platform, the iX25’s wheelbase of about 2,570 mm will put its length over the 4 meter mark as the i20 with a shorter wheelbase of 2,525 mm is just shy of the 4 meter mark in terms of overall length.
So, a length closer to the 4.2 meter mark could be in the pipeline for the Hyundai iX25 compact SUV. The longer wheelbase and increased length will mean that the iX25 is likely to be a more spacious vehicle than the Ford EcoSport, whose rear seat space is nothing to write home about. Therefore, the likes of the Renault Duster and the Nissan Terrano could face the heat with the launch of the iX25.
A five seater, the iX25’s test mules have revealed three seatbelts at the rear along with AC vents for the rear passengers. Like all new Hyundai cars, the iX25 is likely to be loaded to the gills with creature comforts and features. The SUV will be Hyundai’s first ever offering in the compact SUV space, a fast growing segment worldwide. Adding the iX25 to the the booming compact SUV segment is aimed at boosting sales for Hyundai. The South Korean car maker has been extensively testing the iX25 in China, Scandinavia and India as well.