Hyundai is about to expand its SUV lineup with a new baby SUV that is set to beat the Nissan Juke from its top position.
The car is already confirmed as spy photographers have managed to capture the vehicle in action. It is now being tested on the road and will probably find its way to dealership stores in another 18 months or so. Tucson SUV is the most popular model from the company that witnessed amazing sales in history. It was launched a year ago and continues to make some great revenue for the brand in all regions including Europe and UK.
Instead of replacing their best model, Hyundai is going to add another SUV to the lineup. It is going to be smaller in size so as to compete against the likes of the Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008 and the popular Nissan Juke. The new car will be constructed on the same chassis which is currently being used in the i20. It has enough space and being a baby SUV, it may not require a new chassis. Using the existing one will also allow Hyundai to reduce production costs and keep the pricing of the model within an affordable range.
The chassis is just two years old. Hyundai has also planned to use the powertrains from the i30 model. It could be a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine,1.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.6-liter diesel engine.
A couple of spy photographs have emerged online and it confirmed that design elements from the Intrado concept car are being borrowed by the auto brand. The front grille could sport a curved hexagonal finish. While it is based on the i20, there is no official name for the SUV yet. It will be available in select markets including the UK, Europe among other regions where a baby SUV would find a huge audience base.
Hyundai is going to expand its lineup with new ix models. The particular variant is limited to regions at the moment and are used to name crossovers, SUVs. As they are being built using i20 and i30 variants, using the ix sub tag should be an appropriate way to go about it. The automobile brand sees huge scope for these cars in the near future in US, UK markets. All they have to do is price them right with enough features and performance bundled into the cars.