South Korean carmaker, Hyundai, is expected to unveil a small SUV/ crossover based on the Elite i20 hatchback in Australia by the second half of 2017. The upcoming car will debut in its production form at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, according to an Australian automotive website, CarAdvice.com. The production vehicle will be based on the Hyundai Intrado Concept that was showcased at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and the small SUV is speculated to be offered in India as well.
Codenamed the B-SUV, the new offering is expected to be powered by a 1.0-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre petrol engine. That said, when introduced in India, the B-SUV is expected to share its engine and powertrain options with the existing Elite i20, a 1.4-litre petrol and diesel as well as a 1.2-litre petrol engine. In Australia, the vehicle will also be offered with an all-wheel-drive system, however, considering the Indian market, this option might not be available in the country at all.
The confirmation about the introduction of this compact SUV came from Guido Schenken, Public Relations Manager, Hyundai Australia who spoke to CarAdvice.com stating, “A big car, an important car is launching in 2017. Which is our small SUV and will be announced in the second half of 2017. The new introduction will be a smaller sibling to the Tucson sold here” The upcoming car will compete with the Nissan Juke, Toyota C-HR, Honda HR-V and others from its segment in Australia.
We have no official confirmation from Hyundai India on when would the Intrado Concept based production vehicle will be launched in the country. However, given the popularity of tall vehicles here, the South Korean carmaker should consider this as an addition to the company's product portfolio.