South Korean automaker Hyundai is all set to enter the Compact SUV arena with the launch of the iX25 SUV, which will make its global debut in the Chinese domestic market. The concept version of the iX25 was showcased at the Beijing Motor Show and the compact SUV will reach Indian shores in 2015. The production-spec version of the iX25 is due for a launch in China during October this year, and the compact SUV has just been snapped inside out in that part of the world.
The production spec model has been slightly altered from its concept form. The iX25 gets revised headlamps with projectors and a LED strip. The front bumper has been altered slightly while the front grille comes with minor changes, now featuring three chrome slats with the Hyundai logo sitting in between. The interiors of the SUV, which were under wraps at Beijing 2014, has now come out into the open with the latest set of spyshots.
The rear remains largely unchanged from the concept variant. The ix25’s design is based on Hyundai’s Storm Edge design philosophy which is a combination of the curvy Fluidic design with straight lines. The Hyundai ix25 will be longer than 4 metres in length, Therefore, the SUV will be more of a Duster-Terrano rival than a Ford EcoSport rival. Expect the iX25’s pricing to reflect this positioning in India.
In terms of engines, the India-spec iX25, which shares its platform with the all-new 2015 i20 hatchback, is likely to get the 1.6 liter petrol and 1.6 liter turbo diesel motors, which also power the Hyundai Verna sedan. An entry level 1.4 liter diesel variant might be on offer too. Both manual and automatic gearboxes are likely to be offered with the iX25. A heavy amount of localisation is expected to allow Hyundai price the SUV between Rs. 8 lakhs and Rs. 11 lakhs.
While the top-end variants of the iX25 sold in China get a 4X4 drive option, it remains to be seen whether Hyundai India will offer such an option here. As the Renault Duster will soon get a 4X4 version in India, Hyundai offering a similar option for the iX25 could give the latter enough ammunition to attract a wide range of buyers. The compact SUV’s lower variants will be front wheel driven.