For 2015, Hyundai India’s two biggest launches will be the Elite i20 Crossover and the ix25 Compact SUV. Ascertaining those plans, both were spotted undergoing testing in Chennai recently. Now, a report from Economic Times suggests that the Elite i20 Cross launch will happen sometime in April. As for the ix25 based compact SUV (code-named GCi), the report says that it’ll come during the festive season of this year (October-November period).
Based on the Elite i20, the India specific (for now) Crossover will feature a slightly raised ride height, body cladding, new alloy wheels & tires and a pair of roof rails, apart from minor changes in interior trim. Supposedly scheduled for a next month unveiling, the upcoming pseudo-crossover will take on others of its ilk, including Fiat Avventura, Toyota Etios Cross, VW Cross Polo and the upcoming Maruti SX4 S-Cross. Powering the vehicle could be the same engine options – 1.2-litre Kappa2 petrol and 1.4-litre CRDi diesel, both sourced from the Elite i20.
As for the compact SUV, expect the GCi to get the 83PS 1.2 liter petrol and 90PS 1.4 liter diesel engines, offered in the i20 as well (unconfirmed). The petrol engine will come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox while the diesel will get a 6-speed manual. The top end variant of the car could feature a panoramic sunroof, LED DRLs, a touchscreen multimedia system, cruise control, Keyless Go, parking camera and a whole host of safety features.