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Come August and Hyundai will bring in an all-new SUV (Code: GS) to our market. Although launched in some international markets as the ix25, here, it's expected to have an altogether different name. Being 4.27 metres long, this SUV will miss the benefits extended to the small car category. This new SUV has already been spotted testing in India multiple times and is expected to come with a Verna-sourced 1.6-litre petrol or a diesel motor of similar displacement mated to the same manual and automatic gearboxes as the sedan.
Hyundai will be targeting the Renault Duster and the upcoming Suzuki S-Cross with the GS and, apparently, the carmaker is also readying a 1.4-litre diesel-equipped version of this SUV. This motor is the same unit that does duty in the i20 diesel hatchback and the Verna 1.4 sedan. The smaller-capacity engine should allow the carmaker to price the SUV attractively as a diesel engine under 1.5-litre capacity attracts lower taxes.
Confirming the news of the 1.4 motor, an engineer testing the car has told us that this motor works quite well with the SUV.
The Hyundai small SUV’s styling, however, is similar to the current ix35, with wrap-around headlight clusters and prominent, lower air intakes housing the front fog lights. The model also sports a different, more prominent grille design than its larger sibling. It is expected to come to India with 17-inch alloy wheels too. Like all Hyundai offerings, the new SUV will be loaded with class-leading features and come with high-quality interiors. However, there will be no seven seat option and the GS will be sold only as a five seater here.