Spy Shots Of Production-Ready ix25 SUV
It seems that China is always the place where new Hyundai cars are spotted in the testing phase before they arrive in Europe and North America.
The latest one to be spotted is the Hyundai ix25, which seems to show a change in design direction for the Koreans.
The car, which was photographed by Auto iFeng, is most certainly a production model that was likely put together locally for some sort of dealer event.
The muscularity of the vehicle, as well as the adoption of the latest design language, are pretty good signs that it will be made available outside of China.
The LED accents used in the headlights are similar to that of the Genesis, while the grille resembles the Santa Fe.
Hyundai ix25 – Production Version Spy Shots
The ix25 is based on the next-generation i20 hatchback platform and will likely come with a choice of 1.6L and 2.0L 4-cylinder engines, whilst being a little larger than most B-segment crossovers.
It will check in at 4,270mm long, which is more than the Renault Captur and the Nissan Juke. It’s about the same size as the Chevrolet Trax, which should be its main competitor in China.
While the official word from Hyundai’s that the ix25 will be a China only vehicle, the fact is that doesn’t really add up.
The car has already been seen being put through its paces on a frozen lake in Sweden under less than perfect conditions.
You have to wonder why Hyundai Motor Company would bother testing a car Europe if they didn’t plan on releasing it in the burgeoning crossover market.
It may well just be that the decision on where in Europe the car will be built is still being decided.
Hyundai dealers in the US have long made it known that they would like to see a small crossover.