Crisis is a mix of risk and opportunity in Chinese. But that may also be so in Korean, since the sales collapse in Brazil will probably allow Hyundai to sell there its B segment SUV, known as ix25 or, in India, as Creta. And the reader Marcelo Morais, from Autos Segredos, has spotted a unit of the car in Piracicaba, the same city in which Hyundai has its Brazilian plant.
With a car that is a huge hit for sale in Brazil, the HB20, Hyundai had to change its plans with its Piracicaba plant. Able to produce 150,000 units per year in 3 shifts, all it produced was this car and its variants, such as the sedan, HB20S, and the “crossover”, HB20X. A B segment SUV was expected, but there was just not room for it to be produced locally, the only way to sell it as a competitive product. And this is where the ix25 will fit (no pun intended).
Even with sales plummeting, the HB20 is one of the best-selling vehicles in Brazil, but not in the same pace it used to be. It has even began to be exported, something that its success did not allow before. This is the ideal moment for the presentation of the SUV. It is one of the best-selling segments in Brazil, the only one that has presented any sort of growth.
The Hyundai ix25, or Creta, shares the same platform with the HB20 and the i20. It is 4.27 m long, 1.78 m wide, 1.62 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.59 m. It will have only one engine option in Brazil, the 1.6 16V 4 cylinder that generates 94 kw and 162 Nm, with a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The car is expected to be introduced at the São Paulo Motor Show, in November. Check the article in Autos Segredos (in Portuguese) for more pictures of the car in Brazil.