Expected to launch in the July-August period.
Indian Autos Blog reader, Mr. Sanjay Wadhwa, snapped the forthcoming Hyundai ix25 compact SUV testing on the Greater Noida Expressway recently. As reported earlier, Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) is looking to launch the Duster-rival in the July-August period, and will start pre-launch activities (media test drives) next month.
For the Indian market, the ix25 is reported to use a different name and feature styling changes that appeal to the local audience. These could include anything from a new grille to different interior color schemes, but massive changes are not expected. Codenamed 'GS', HMIL has reportedly invested INR 1,000 Cr in this project to achieve localization of nearly 90 percent.
Under the hood, the ix25 for India would borrow its engines from the Verna, which gets 1.6-liter petrol and diesel motors matched to a 5- and 6-speed manual transmission respectively. Additionally, a 1.4-liter diesel engine could be seen on the base variant of the ix25.
The ix25 in its Chinese market specification measures 4.27 meters in length, 1.78 meters in width, 1.63 meters in height and 2.59 meters in wheelbase. It also gets 1.6- and 2.0-liter petrol engines with a 6-speed automatic transmission and 4WD drivetrain in China, but it remains to be seen if these technologies are offered on the Indian spec car.
Rivals: Mahindra Scorpio, Nissan Terrano, Maruti SX4 S-Cross (Maruti A Cross), Renault Duster
Expected price: INR 8-10 lakhs, ex-showroom
Hyundai ix25 - Spyshot Gallery
2015 Hyundai ix25 - Image Gallery (Chinese spec)