Hyundai has finally unveiled the much-anticipated ix25 compact SUV at the 2014 Beijing International Motor Show, held at the China International Exhibition Center. The vehicle is scheduled to be launched in China by the end of this year, and later will go on sale in various international markets as well.
The new Hyundai ix25 compact SUV concept is based on Hyundai’s evolved Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy. Equipped with a Nu 2.0 engine, the ix25 concept measures 4,270mm in length, 1,780mm in width and 1,630mm in height, and it has a large wheelbase of 2,590mm.
“Hyundai Motor has grown into a leading automaker in China through continuous innovation for the past 11 years,” said Hyundai Motor’s President Sung Kee Choi. “Hyundai Motor is now poised for a new challenge to become the most-loved brand by Chinese customers, with high-quality models such as the ix25 SUV, which is strategically-developed for China, and the all-new Genesis introduced today.”
On closely looking at the ix25 compact SUV, it is visible that the vehicle appears quite similar to the current generation ix35. Specially, the ix35 Fuel Cell model looks quite identical to this compact SUV; however, its compact size and some additional features to give rugged look distinguish the vehicle from its larger sibling. The SUV features wrap around boomerang shaped headlights and triple slate grille with chrome surround. Its large bumper sports aggressive lower front air-intakes and a pair of fog lamps. There is a large grey coloured skid plate and body cladding all around which offers a sportier stance to it.
The side profile of the SUV gets body coloured ORVMs with integrated turn indicators and chromed door handles, while there is an aerodynamic line which starts from A-pillar and meets the tail light. Based on the new generation i20 hatchback platform, the ix25 will be offered in both petrol and diesel guise. However, the SUV showcased at the Beijing Motor Show gets the Nu 2.0-litre direct injection 4-cylinder engine that also powers the Elantra and Tucson. This engine is capable of developing 173bhp of top power and 208Nm of torque. If it comes to India, the diesel version of the SUV will get 1.4L and 1.6L turbocharged engines, while the petrol models are likely to sport 1.2-litre and a 1.4-litre petrol engines.
The exact pricing details for the Hyundai ix25 compact SUV is yet to be announced, but we expect it to be priced in the range of Rs. 8-14 lakh. It will compete against the likes of Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano.