Hyundai is set to enter the booming compact SUV segment with a new ix25 model.

The new car, spied here in winter testing, is set to be revealed in April at the Beijing motor show. It will be built in China as part of a joint venture between BAIC and Hyundai.

Underpinning the ix25 is a development of the i20’s platform. Its engine line-up is likely to be picked from the supermini’s range, meaning 1.2 and 1.4-litre petrols will be offered alongside a 1.4-litre turbodiesel.

Loose styling inspiration for the ix25 can be traced back to the Hyundai Curb compact SUV concept from 2011, although the styling has been drastically toned down and the sleek profile ditched in favour of something boxier in the production model.

The ix25 is only planned for sale in China at present, the world’s largest car market for new car sales and one where Hyundai was only outsold last year by Volkswagen.

However, the global boom for compact SUV sales means that the model could well end up being a global one for Hyundai. Indeed, in the US, the firm has spoken of its desire to expand its offering of SUVs.

Autocar understands the model is not currently in Hyundai’s product plan for the UK, but this decision is up for review in the future, should the compact SUV segment continue to expand as expected.

Thanks to: Autocar