India bound Hyundai EcoSport rival caught testing in South Korea

Posted on: Jun 14, 2013 - 4:52pm IST

Bookings of the Ford EcoSport have just started in India. Meanwhile, far towards the east in South Korea, an unmarked disguised test mule bearing the Hyundai logo has entered its testing phase with an aim of giving the EcoSport a run for its money.

Front of the Hyundai mini SUV spied in South Korea

What you see here are probably the first ever spyshots of the South Korean auto giant’s compact crossover SUV. A quick first glance immediately reminds us about the Kia Provo Concept which was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

side view of the Hyundai mini SUV spied in South Korea

Even though the Provo was a much smaller car, the Hyundai SUV’s tapering roofine and the window silhouette bear an unmistakable resemblance to the Kia concept. However, the front chrome slated horizontal grill under the disguise speaks the typical Hyundai language. The alloy wheels wear the Hyundai logo, confirming its identity. Although the greenhouse is reminiscent of the Kia Soul (previous and next generations), this is not a Kia.

Roofline of the Hyundai mini SUV spied in South Korea

Hyundai and its sister brand Kia have shared platforms for many cars. For example, the Hyundai i10 and the Kia Picanto are siblings, and so are the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Kia Sorento. However, the siblings always looked different from each other. But this new compact SUV clearly has styling cues of Hyundai and Kia mixed in equal proportions. Has Mr. Peter Schreyer submitted the drawings in the wrong office building?

rear of the Hyundai mini SUV spied in South Korea

As of now the powertrain details are unknown. Expect Hyundai’s new range of compact petrol and diesel engines to be on offer. Hyundai has showcased a turbocharged 1.0-liter petrol engine last year at a powertrain conference and this could be ideally suited for this urban SUV.

Headlamps of the Hyundai mini SUV spied in South Korea
There is a whiff of the Santa Fe on the front.

Given that the car is already out testing, one can safely assume that it would be out before 2016.

Kia Provo Concept Geneva motor show live front quarter
Rear window line matches to the Provo concept, but this undoubtedly is a Hyundai.

If you remember, Hyundai India has announced that it will launch four new products in India including a mini SUV in the next two years. This one could be it!


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8 thoughts on “India bound Hyundai EcoSport rival caught testing in South Korea

  1. Dinesh Sachdev says:

    Hyundai designs are good, comfort and interior quality levels are too good.. Just don’t make it overpriced and improve the mileage (on petrol please)..

  2. sandy says:

    Well, looks promising owing to Hyundai’s reputation in our market. the tapering roof-line is Swiftish for we Indians, but overall dimensions seems just beyond 4 meters but no bigger then Duster either. We can expect step higher then what i20 offers. My uncle have first generation Tucson, bought 1 month after its launch in our market; till date it still retains its characteristic that was before even it was 40% rough used out of its total tenure. So, expecting this from new Hyundai mini SUV.

    1. Hi Bhuvanesh, we did check that possibility as well, but the spotted vehicle looks more like an SUV and less like a MPV.

      1. Zen Kobane says:

        Buddy, just run a side by side comparison and everything will be in front of you.

        Start from the roof, then bonnet lines and then the rear.

        Im only trying to help the content of your site by pointing out the actual information.

        Also, ‘ix-onic’ is their mini suv, which you can also google and compare with this test vehicle above, just in case you are not able to notice the hexaspace design cues.

  3. abuna ventana says:

    i love hyundai..
    this is one aggressive company..
    doesn’t the front lights and rear door arches belong to kia..
    this might be a kia testing in hyundai disguise..

  4. Deepak Chablani says:

    I like the proper SUV stance and proportions. It looks BIG like the Duster and Hyundai with its Sante Fe genes just wouldn’t go wrong with this. I expect this car to reach us by late 2014.

  5. says:

    great work as always by hundai…this seems to be the XA Alpha design wise(only to me I guess)


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As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!