Hyundai has released a first preview of its new Creta compact SUV, just days after announcing the new model’s coming.
The company has again steered clear of identifying the small ix25 that was only last year revealed for the Chinese market, but today’s sketch leaves little doubt that the two SUVs are one and the same.
Despite the identical styling suggested in this sketch, however, it is likely that the Creta - described as a global model when first announced last week - will feature technologies and materials specified uniquely to western regulations and expectations.
Interestingly, Hyundai's latest press release shies away from the term 'global', which could also suggest that the company's first communication on this new model may have been poorly worded.
If so, it could be that the Creta is headed exclusively for a wider number of emerging markets rather than a European or Australian debut.
India is already known to be one destination for the Creta, with South America and Russia likely to follow.
An Australian debut for the Creta is still to be confirmed, but, if Hyundai maintains its initial goal of a global launch, a local berth could still be on the cards.
And, with the ix35 - classified here as a small SUV despite its larger proportions - set to be replaced next month by the midsized Tucson, a new offering in the popular compact SUV market will be on Hyundai Australia’s wish list.
Until recently, last year's far more edgy Intrado concept was believed to be the first preview of Hyundai's plans for a new compact SUV in western markets, hinting at a rival for Nissan's popular (in Europe) Juke.
A production version of the Intrado would focus more on styling and lifestyle, aiming it at Nissan's Juke instead.
Watch for the Creta to debut in the coming months, and catch our earlier coverage below.