Hyundai ix25

Evo India - - Radar -

LIKE MARUTI, HYUNDAI ARE ALSO LATE TO THE com­pact SUV seg­ment in In­dia. The ix25, when launched, will mark Hyundai's de­but among stiff com­pe­ti­tion from ri­vals like the Ford EcoSport, Re­nault Duster, Nis­san Ter­rano and Skoda's Yeti. Orig­i­nally show­cased at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, the ix25 is based on the i20's plat­form (mak­ing it more com­pact than the Re­nault Duster), and fol­lows Hyundai's Flu­idic 2.0 de­sign lan­guage (re­sem­bling the Santa Fe). The ix25 mea­sures 4270mm in length, 1780mm in width, and 1627mm in height, with a wheel­base of 2590mm. The length puts it beyond 4 me­tres, mak­ing it in­el­i­gi­ble for a lower ex­cise duty rate.

While the ix25 will be of­fered with a 1.6-litre and a 2.0-litre petrol en­gine in the Chi­nese mar­ket, the com­pact SUV will prob­a­bly sport the Verna's 1.6 diesel mak­ing 126bhp and the 1.6-litre 120bhp petrol. Plat­form shar­ing with the i20 hatch­back makes lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing pos­si­ble, which should help Hyundai keep prices in check. We'd ex­pect be­tween Rs 10 and Rs 12 lakh, mak­ing it a solid Duster com­peti­tor.

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