Hyundai ix25: Production Model Spied Photo:
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Mike Stevens | Jul, 11 2014 | 0 Comments

Hyundai’s upcoming ix25 compact SUV, developed exclusively for China, has been spied in its destination market this week.

Revealed as a ‘concept’ at April’s Beijing Auto Show, the ix25 appeared as a nearly production-ready crossover.

As expected, much of the earlier show car’s styling has carried over to the production model, with only the larger wheels and lavish chrome garnish left out.

The production model also does away with the new Sonata-inspired grille, replaced instead with a three-louvre design that mimics the grille of the larger Santa Fe.

Unlike the Santa Fe, however, this new ix25 compact will not be making its way to Australia - or any other right-hand-drive market, as Hyundai has currently only confirmed a left-hook production schedule.

"It’s for China only," Hyundai Australia COO John Elsworth told TMR during a recent drive of the new Genesis sedan in Korea.

"In that generation of car, I believe it’s going to stay left-hand drive only."

In Australia, the ix25 would face off against the Ford EcoSport, Holden Trax and Nissan Juke, along with the coming Honda Vezel, Renault Captur and Jeep Renegade.

The ix25 will debut in China in the coming months, 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.

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