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.