Hyundai ix25 SUV spotted in new blue colour before launch
South Korean auto makers, Hyundai is all set to launch their new sub-compact SUV ix25 in the Chinese market on 9th October prior to which it will go on display at 17th Chengdu Auto Show being held from 29th August to 7th September 2014. The crossover has also been put to the test in India where it could launch by first half of 2015.
Hyundai ix25 SUV for China will be produced within the country itself by Beijing-Hyundai joint venture while it will offer some serious competition to other models in its category such as Ford EcoSport and Volkswagen Taigun. Based entirely on the Kia Soul platform made in China by Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia joint venture, the new ix25 SUV from Hyundai could come in at a base price of 140,000 yuan and going all the way upto 170,000 yuan (INR 13,78,013 to INR 16,73,587).
Dimensions of Hyundai ix25 SUV will stand at 4,270mm in length, 1,780 mm in width and 1,630mm in height. It will sit on a wheelbase measuring 2,590mm. The model has been spotted testing on various occasions and looks stylish in design with a hexagonal grille up front and dominated by LED lined headlights. Engine specs on board the new Hyundai ix25 SUV will include a 2.0 liter direct injection petrol engine while the company could also introduce a 1.0 liter direct injection turbocharged petrol engine.
As far as India launch of ix25 is concerned, expect a launch by first half of 2015. For India, ix25 is rumoured to be called i20 Cross. It is understood that Hyundai India is planning to reduce the length of this SUV to under 4 meters so as to benefit from lower excise duty. Unconfirmed dimensions for India spec ix25 are – 4,000 x 1,700 x 1,800 mm (Length x Width x Height).
Engine options on board will be the ones seen on new i20 in the form of 1.2l and 1.4l petrol and diesel engines respectively. Competition in India will come from Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster, yet to be launched Maruti XA Alpha and Mahindra S101. Price range is expected in the Rs 6-10 lakh bracket.
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