Hyundai may have the Creta B-segment SUV in China and India, but the tiny soft-roader has already been deemed too conservative in design by markets like the United States, which will get a different, more adventurously-styled vehicle to take on the likes of the funky Nissan Juke and the stylish Mazda CX-3. The car caught by our European spy photographers here looks to be that vehicle.

Even covered in disguise, the yet-to-be-named crossover has a much more polarising design than the Creta. Like the Juke and the Jeep Cherokee, the headlights are split into two, with the indicators and LED daytime running lights mounted higher up, and the main lamp units sitting low down. The brand’s new six-point “cascading grille,” first seen on the new i30, sits front and centre.


The side profile is also curvier and more rakish than the Creta, with a fast rear windscreen rake suggesting that it will trade some practicality in the name of style. LED tail lights with light guides can be seen at the rear, along with the outline of a typical SUV skid plate.

This SUV should be based on the same platform as the Creta – which in turn is based on the i20 – and should come with the same engines as the larger i30. These include a 1.4 litre T-GDI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.6 litre CRDi turbodiesel, mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.