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Mike Stevens | Apr, 22 2014 | 3 Comments

UPDATE: ix25 under consideration for Australia.


Hyundai wants a slice of the compact SUV market, and this week’s ix25 ‘concept’ unveiling in Beijing has offered a first official look at the Korean carmaker’s plans.

Drawing its styling cues from the larger Santa Fe and new Sonata rather than the ageing ix35 small SUV, the ix25 is designed to take on the light Ford EcoSport and Chevrolet/Holden Trax.

But don’t expect to see that battle staged in Australia - or at least not initially - with Hyundai confirming the ix25 as a China-exclusive offering.

The carmaker has acknowledged the importance of an offering in the global compact SUV market however, suggesting that an Australian debut for the ix25 could eventually occur.

Speaking today, Hyundai Australia's Oliver Mann said that the ix25 is being studied for a local launch.

“The ix25 compact SUV would do battle in one of Australia’s fastest-growing automotive segments,” Mann said. “We have no doubt that with Hyundai’s commitment to quality and toughness, this good-looking new ix25 would be well suited to the task."

"When you consider the strength of our current SUVs, with ix35 consistently at the top of the sales charts and Santa Fe also a strong seller, the brand is obviously a popular choice with Aussie SUV buyers already.”

For now, the ix25 is bound for a Chinese market launch later this year, powered by Hyundai’s 2.0 litre ‘Nu’ four-cylinder petrol engine.

The ix25 concept has an overall length of 4270mm, overall width of 1780mm and overall height of 1630mm, with a wheelbase of 2590mm.

MORE: Hyundai SUV news and reviews

 
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