The market for SUVs are growing at a rapid pace around the globe with automakers find the niche in their products. Hyundai has gained a solid momentum in this space and is looking to bring a small SUV based on the i20.
Spy images of the prototype have been circulating on the internet of a Hyundai SUV revealing the direction of the development. The new vehicle is likely to be based on the i20 platform and will sport the i30 powertrains.
The engines on the Hyundai i30 come with multiple choices, namely turbocharged 1.0-litre three cylinder and 1.4-litre four cylinder petrol units, and a 1.6-litre diesel engine. Hyundai has revealed a concept called ‘Intrado' which shows the design language the South Korean will follow.
As for the design language, Hyundai could adopt the ‘curved hexagon' grille that we have seen in the i30 and the facelifted Grand i10. Hyundai will launch the SUV based i20 by 2017 and will be positioned below the Tucson.
Hyundai has applied to register a string of potential badges of ix45, ix50, ix15, ix25, and the ix30, the new name for the small i20 SUV is still not confirmed, though. The company is expected to use the ‘ix' as a prefix for its SUV range of vehicles. This trend is seen by companies adopting it to name their crossover vehicles.