Hyundai India, one of the largest exporter of passenger cars is apparently planning to introduce its entry level SUV model, ix25 in the automobile market. There is still no information form the manufacturer regarding its launch date. However, market sources believe that the vehicle will make its way in to the market in early 2015, which is just a few months away from now. The car maker is currently testing this vehicle on Indian roads. Speculations suggests that this upcoming vehicle shares Elite i20's platform and most of its comfort and safety features. The car maker has taken off the covers over this vehicle at the recently held 2014 auto expo and it is set to launch the vehicle in China in the month of October. However, there is no information regarding its launch in India. According to the details, this vehicle is going to be available with both petrol and diesel engine options. The Chinese based model specifications suggest that the vehicle will be available with a 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engine options. However, we can expect that India based model could be equipped with a 1.4-litre VTVT petrol and a 1.6-litre VGT diesel engine options. Both these engines are currently under the hood of Hyundai Verna, which are coupled with five speed and 6-speed manual transmission gearbox respectively. This upcoming vehicle will not be qualifying for the compact segment, since its overall length measures about 4270mm.
This might force the company to tune-up these engines for more power output, which will compensate for its body weight. Rumors also suggest that its top end variant will be available with 4WD option. As we can see in the exclusive images, that this yet to be launched vehicle carries forward the latest fluidic sculpture 2.0 design philosophy. It features exterior cosmetics like swept-back headlamps, hexagonal radiator grille, diamond cut alloy wheels and sporty design based bumpers. Its interior design resembles the Santa Fe, which received cosmetic updates a few months ago. Its insides are done up in beige and black color scheme that is further amplified by Blue illumination. The Chinese based model also has some utility based features like front center armrest, a glove box in dashboard, accessory power socket, a multi-functional steering wheel and a digital clock. However, it is too early to speculate about the features of India bound model, as it is currently undergoing test runs. On the other hand, it is expected to get standard safety aspects like engine immobilizer, dual front airbags, 3-point seat belts and side impact protection beams. The car maker will be launching this vehicle in the entry level SUV segment, where it will take on the likes of Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Mahindra Scorpio and Tata Safari Storme.
The car maker has recently unveiled the concept version of Hyundai ix25 SUV at the China Auto Expo. Its external appearance resembles the newly launched Elite i20 hatch, as it is based on the same platform. The production version is also expected to look similar to its concept model as it is speculated to carry the fluidic design. This upcoming vehicle has a swept back headlight cluster that is powered by LED daytime running lights and projector headlamps. It surrounds a large hexagonal shaped radiator grille with a thick chrome surround and a prominent company's logo affixed in its center. Whats really is new about this vehicle is its distinctly crafted front bumper that is affixed with metallic nudge guard and a black protective cladding. This vehicle has a sleek side profile where it is affixed with trendy cosmetics like chrome based door handles, body colored ORVM caps, along with glossy black A and B pillars. Its wheel arches are further affixed with protective strips, which gives it a dual tone look. These are covered with a set of stylish diamond cut alloy wheels. However, its base variants are expected to get conventional steel wheels featuring full wheel caps. In addition to these, its lower body line is affixed with a metallic cladding, which provides addition protection. Its rear profile is as impressive as its front facade owing to its elegantly crafted taillight cluster that is powered by new brake light pattern. Its windscreen has a concave structure and is accompanied by a spoiler with integrated LED third brake light. Like the front bumper, the rear one too gets a new design and it houses a pair of air vents, which are further affixed with reflectors and chrome strips. However, aspects like these in the production version might vary from those in the concept model. The overall look of this yet to be launched vehicle is very attractive and it could spark a new trend in its segment.
This soon to arrive vehicle is learnt to have a total length of 4270mm along with a decent width of 1780mm and an impressive height of 1630mm. At the same time, it also has a wheelbase of 2590mm, while its ground clearance is likely to be in the range of 180 to 200mm.
This upcoming SUV is expected to be a five seater version with roomy interiors. Exclusive images suggest that this vehicle's interiors are done up in a dual tone beige and black color scheme and is accentuated by aluminum inserts. It also gets blue interior illumination, which further amplifies the interiors. Most of its interior resembles the design of Santa Fe, which is interesting. Its dashboard is well equipped with aspects like an AC unit, music system, glove box and an instrument panel. It is also equipped with a four spoke multi-functional steering wheel features illuminated switches, which adds to the convenience. We can also expect for supervision instrument cluster in the top end variant like other Hyundai models. As far as its seating is concerned, the cockpit section is fitted with ergonomically designed seats, which are covered with fabric upholstery. These seats are expected to get adjustable head restraints along with sliding and reclining function. In addition to these, we can also expect the driver's seat height adjuster facility, which is now a common feature in most of the SUVs. At the same time, its rear seats should get a standard 60:40 split folding facility, which contributes towards improving boot storage capacity.
It is too early to say anything related to its interior comforts, as the vehicle is still under production stage. However, we can expect it to get standard comfort features like air conditioning unit, power steering, inside rear view mirror with day and night effect, all four power windows with one touch operation and electrically adjustable outside mirrors. Its top end variants may also get fully automatic AC unit along with electro chromic rear view mirror, rear parking sensors and several other such aspects.
Since this vehicle has a long wheelbase of 2590mm, we can expect it to have a roomy internal cabin that can host at least five passengers. At the same time, it is also expected to get a huge boot compartment along with a large fuel tank.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
It is too early to say anything regarding the acceleration and pickup of this upcoming upcoming vehicle. According to the speculations, the petrol variants are likely to be mated with a five speed manual transmission gearbox that might take the vehicle to a top speed of approximately 160 Kmph, while breaching 100 Kmph mark in around 15 seconds. At the same time, market sources believe that the diesel variants could be paired with a six manual transmission gearbox. These variants might achieve a top speed in the range of 165 to 170 Kmph, while taking only 16 seconds to breach a 100 Kmph mark from a standstill.
Engine and Performance
Speculations suggests that this upcoming vehicle is believed to come with a 1.4-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engine options, which are currently powering its Verna sedan . Its petrol engine is based on a VTVT technology that has multi-point fuel injection system. It has four cylinder and 16-valves that displace 1396cc. This motor can produce a maximum power of 105.5bhp at 6300rpm that results in a commanding torque output of 135.4Nm at 5000rpm. While the diesel variants are most likely to get a 1.6-litre VGT engine that has common rail fuel injection system. It comprises of six cylinders, each of which have 4-valves that displaces 1582cc. This diesel engine is further incorporated with a variable geometry turbocharger that allows it to develop a maximum power of 126.2bhp at 4000rpm and yields a peak torque output of 259.8Nm between 1900 to 2750rpm. Both these engines are expected to be paired with a five speed manual transmission gearbox.
This upcoming Hyundai ix25 SUV is expected to arrive with both diesel and petrol engine options. Its diesel variants are most likely to host a 1.6-litre VGT diesel that has common rail fuel injection system. This engine might deliver a maximum mileage of approximately 21 Kmpl and a minimum of 15 Kmpl, which is quite good. On the other hand, its petrol variants are expected to get a 1.4-litre, VTVT engine that has multi-point fuel injection system. This engine can produce a minimum mileage of around 13 Kmpl on city roads, which might go up to a maximum of 16 Kmpl on highways.
Power of Hyundai ix25
As said above, this soon to be launched vehicle is going to arrive with two engine options for the buyers to choose from. The petrol variants are speculated to be equipped with a 1396cc engine that has 4-cylinders based on a DOHC valve configuration . This mill has the ability to produce a maximum power of 105.5bhp along with a peak torque output of 135Nm. While the diesel variants could be powered by a 1582cc mill that is incorporated with a variable geometry turbocharger. This motor can unleash a maximum power of 126.2bhp that results in delivering a commanding torque output of 260Nm, which is quite good.
Stereo & Accessories
As we can see through the images, this upcoming Hyundai ix25 SUV is going to get a proficient music system that has FM tuner, CD player and ports for AUX-In and USB devices . It is also expected to have Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming and call function with control switches located on steering wheel. Its buyers would be able to customize this vehicle with a slew of cosmetics like leather seats, touchscreen infotainment system, rear parking assist including camera and other such aspects. At the same time, its exteriors can be personalized with body decals, nudge guards and other add-ons.
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Braking & Handling
Like any other Hyundai model, this upcoming vehicle is expected to get conventional front discs and rear drum braking system. However, its top end variants may also get rear disc brakes, which improves this mechanism. It should also get anti lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist system, which helps to reduce possibility of skidding. As far as its suspension is concerned, its front axle can be offered with McPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension system. The car maker may also load coil springs, which helps it to deal with jerks caused on uneven roads. Not to forget, this SUV should get a highly responsive motor driven electric power assisted steering, which is common in most of the Hyundai models.
Safety & Security
As far as its safety features are concerned, this vehicle is expected to be equipped with advanced features like an engine immobilizer, speed sensing auto door locks and impact sensing door unlock. In addition to these, it may also feature dual front airbags, adjustable head restraints, 3-point seatbelts with pretensioner and load limiter along with side impact protection, inside rear view mirror, front fog lamps and high mount third brake light. However, these aspects may vary depending upon the trim level.
The top end variants of Hyundai ix25 are speculated to get a set of newly designed 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels , while its entry level variants could get 16-inch steel wheels. These rims are surely going to be covered with a set of terrain capable tubeless radial tyres.
1. Impressive looking external and interior appearance.
2. Performance of the diesel engine is expected to be outstanding.
3. Fuel economy seems to be quite good.
1. Leather seats can be offered as a standard feature across all variants.
2. Lack of touchscreen infotainment system is a major drawback.
3. Ground clearance is slightly lesser in comparison to other competitors.
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