This is the Hyundai HB20X, effectively a crossover version of the HB20, the first model from the Korean carmaker to be designed and built exclusively for Brazil at the new Piracicaba plant. Both hatch and crossover have made their first public appearance at the Sao Paulo motor show.

The crossover is set to go on sale early next year, with the sole engine choice a flex-fuel 1.6 litre four-cylinder unit that makes 128 hp. Manual and automatic transmissions will be available.

To create the HB20X, the i20-based HB20 gets raised suspension, plastic body mouldings and 15-inch alloys. There’s a redesigned face with a hexagonal grille, new fog lamps and a black bezel and chrome details for the headlamps.

Features such as silver roof bars, sports pedals, chrome-finished door handles and blue stitching on the steering wheel complete the transformation. Hyundai do Brazil says a sedan version will surface in the first quarter of 2013.