The new model is expected to arrive on the market in 2018, and will be the third SUV in the Hyundai line-up. It will rival the Nissan Juke and Vauxhall Mokka X, as well as upcoming small SUVs including the Seat Arona and an upcoming Skoda, and share components with the Kia Stonic.
Hyundai recently trademarked the ix25 and ix30 badges once again in Europe, but Hyundai’s UK CEO Tony Whitehorn denied knowledge of any plans to bring the badges to the UK, as a small SUV or otherwise. The ix35 badge was previously used on the Tucson, while the ix25 name was used on a concept SUV which then became the Creta in emerging markets.
Speaking to Autocar recently, Whitehorn revealed that Hyundai’s SUVs are named rather than being given alphanumeric titles to separate them from the brand’s volume models, like the i10, i20 and i30. This means that the car will have a name, most likely based on a place name like the Tucson and Santa Fe, although Whitehorn couldn’t comment on this.