The Hyundai ix25, or an SUV similar to it, launches in India next year.
Ever since it debuted as a pre-production concept at the Beijing Auto Show, the Hyundai ix25 was never the one to be camera shy. The compact crossover SUV has been spotted once again in South Korea, this time showing off its illuminated taillights.
The illuminated LED brake light elements form two parallel stripes and creases that stretch from the boot all the way to the fenders. The bumper-mounted elements are mere reflectors.
Previous spyshots from China revealed the existence of a sportier variant which has a slightly different front bumper and grille. The crossover is longer than four meters and hence will not be eligible for the Indian government's small car excise duty concession, if launched.
The Hyundai ix25 is expected to go on sale first in China on October 9 with two petrol engines. The 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol and a more powerful 2.0-litre petrol motor would be paired to a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission. Lower variants will be driven by the front wheels while higher variants offer AWD system.
Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) is looking to venture into the compact SUV segment next year and the ix25 appears to be the apt vehicle to take on the old and new breed of urban utility vehicles.
Competitors: Ford EcoSport, Nissan Juke, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Fiat 500X, Honda Vezel, Mahindra Scorpio
Expected price in India: INR 8-10 lakhs ex-showroom
[Spy images from Auto.hankyung.com]