File photo of a logo of Hyundai Motor on a sedan covered with snow at a shipping yard in Pyeongtaek
File photo of a logo of Hyundai Motor on a sedan covered with snow at a shipping yard in PyeongtaekReuters

South Korean auto major Hyundai's sub-compact SUV ix25 is all set to hit the Chinese market on 9 October.

Hyundai ix25, a smaller SUV designed and developed for Chinese market, which made its debut at the Beijing Auto Show in China back in April, has  been seen testing quite a number of times. Now a Chinese auto blog AutoHome, which received the confirmation from Beijing-Hyundai, reported that the much anticipated SUV will enter the market on 9 October.

The new SUV offering of Hyundai measures 4,270mm in length, 1,780mm in width, 1,630mm in height and has wheelbase of 2,590mm.The car looks stylish in design and comes with hexagonal grille and LED-lined headlamps. Targeting the younger generation in the country, the new SUV is likely to be powered by the 2.0 litre direct injection petrol engine, and the design of X25 shares similarities with its bigger siblings Santa Fe and Sonata.

The letter "i" in the car's name corresponds to 'inspiring, intelligent and innovative' and rumours suggests that the company is also likely to introduce 1.0 liter, direct injection, turbocharged petrol engine in the same SUV.

Although the company is yet to talk about the global availability of the new iX25, rumours are rife that the Hyundai will bring the new SUV to India next year. In the domestic market, the iX25 is likely to get 1.6-litre petrol and diesel motors as seen in Fluidic Verna. If launched, the iX25 will take on the likes of Renault Duster, Mahindra Scorpio and Nissan Terrano in India. Talking of the pricing of iX25 in India, the vehicle will not get the benefit of the subsidies for sub4-metre category as it is 4,270mm long.

In India, Hyundai also plans to bring its globally acclaimed i30 premium hatchback and new i20 during the festive season this year to tap into the fast expanding auto market.

Codenamed "IB", 2015 i20 India bound version is speculated to come with 1.4-liter diesel and 1.2-liter Kappa2 engine mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed manual transmission. While the petrol engine is expected to churn out 83bhp of power and 113Nm of peak torque, the diesel engine is to give 89bhp of power and 219Nm of torque.

On the other hand, Hyundai i30 is offered with four engine options -1.6-litre MPi, 1.6-litre GDi, 1.8-litre MPi and a 1.6-litre VGT in the international market. The India bound version of the i30 is likely to be powered by a smaller engine.

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