Hyundai considers a Nissan Juke rival for Europe

Hyundai ix25 spy shots
4 Sep, 2014 1:15pm Graham Hope

Hyundai is considering joining the booming mini-SUV class

Hyundai company bosses have watched with interest as the likes of the Vauxhall Mokka, Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 have capitalised on the success of the pioneering Nissan Juke.

And a company insider admitted to Auto Express: “We are looking at this very closely and with real interest. Obviously the market has expanded very quickly.

“It’s something we would like to do but we have to consider if it is just a fad.

“The beauty of Hyundai, though, is that if something gets the green light we can move quicker than other companies.”

Hyundai has already shown what it would be capable of with the unveil of the ix25 at the Beijing Motor Show earlier this year. A production version, unveiled at this week’s Chengdu show, will go on sale in China and also India. But this would not be an option for Western Europe.

“No, a B-SUV would not be based on the ix25 concept that debuted at Beijing. We looked at that and liked some cues but we would not take any production version of that.”

Although the new i20 is based on a new platform, our source added that any production mini-SUV would not automatically use that same platform.

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