The South Korean carmaker Hyundai has presented the crossover version of the HB20 at the Sao Paulo Motor Show. Known as the HB20X, it will go on sale in the beginning of 2013 and is a component of the company’s exclusive lineup of cars made in Brazil that are being produced at a recently opened assembly unit in Piracicaba. All of the cars that are coming out of this factory are badged as HB (Hyundai Brazil).
The more rugged crossover follows just about the same recipe that Dacia used when they launched the Sandero Stepway.
We can see that the front bumper has been redesigned as it now has the familiar hexagonal grille that several Hyundai SUVs come with, along with different fog lamps, while the headlamps feature some chrome details and a black bezel. Looking at the sides of the car we notice the plastic mouldings around the rocker panels and the wheel arches, those 15-inch dark gray rims and the silver mirror caps. Inside the cabin it gets sports pedals, blue double stitches for the seats and the steering wheel, as well as a chrome look for the air conditioning controls and the door handles.
The Hyundai HB20X will be available only with a 4-cylinder, flex-fuel 1.6-liter engine that is capable of pumping out a modest 128 hp. This power unit can be connected to a manual or an automatic transmission.
This crossover version of the HB20 will be joined next year by a sedan variant.