Hyundai has finally taken the wraps off its much awaited ix25, heralding the Korean automotive giant’s entry to the very promising compact SUV segment. The car, unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show, follows the evolved ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design philosophy, and looks quite like a mini-Santa Fe.
The huge air dams with the brushed aluminium type skid plates lend a muscular aura to the car. The beefy shoulder line, huge alloy wheels and chunky exhausts do look good and are designed to impress! The rear tail gate looks like an enlarged i20, which is quite possible since the new i20 will also be on the same platform.
The ix25 has a length of 4,270mm, width of 1,780mm and overall height of 1,630mm, while its wheelbase reaches 2,590mm; thereby, inferring that in the Indian context, it would not be a ‘small’ car as was expected.
The company sees the young generation as the primary customers of the ix25 who would want their car to be fashionable and trendy, but at the same time immensely practical. The ‘i’ in ix25 signifies the inspiring, intelligent and innovative characteristics of the young generation; and the company hopes that with the current, ever growing hunger in the world for compact SUVs, the ix25 should be a big hit.
The ix25 will be powered by a 2.0L Nu engine. No diesel options were showcased in Beijing, as unlike India, China is a petrol loving nation. Although the car has been designed keeping the Chinese market in mind, we are sure Hyundai has the complete list of developing nations in the radar.
And, though it has not been confirmed, but the Hyundai ix25 appears to be a real competitive product against our Dusters and Terranos. Sales in China would commence in the second of 2014. Let us hope that the five-seater SUV hits our shores hopefully sometime in 2015. A diesel option will obviously be added if and when it makes its way here.
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