Hyundai teases Ford EcoSport rival – ix25 SUV
Peeping out of the drape is Hyundai’s new ix25 compact SUV restlessly waiting to be uncovered at 2014 Beijing Auto Show coming Sunday. Hyundai posted this official teaser recently, which shows a waxy dude who seems to be the spokesperson for the launch. Digging a little deep we found that its “Do Min Joon” (quoted to separate name from rest of words), a Korean soap opera star very popular in China.
Back to actual star of post, recent spy pics of its interiors revealed inspiration taken from Santa Fe, with prominent air con vents and music system, packed together to make a modish looking central console, for some weird reason reminding us of one of the transformer’s heads.
Unofficial media reports indicate that ix25 will be powered by 1.4 litre and 1.6 litre petrol engines, with 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic options. It is unclear on which platform ix25 will be based on to share parts, as of now our guess would be i20 or Kia Soul (made in China by Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia joint venture), beneath ix35/Tucson’s.
Beijing-Hyundai joint venture will manufacture this compact SUV that rivals Ford EcoSport, Honda Vezel and the Dacia/Renault Duster. Price is expected to be around 125,000 and 160,000 yuan (INR 12.1 lakhs and INR 15.48 lakhs). Hyundai might be keeping ix25 on queue for Indian launch by end of 2015 as it would be a lucrative product for them given existing market craze for subcompact SUVs here, with not much rivals.