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Forget the i20 Active, forget the Creta. Spy photographers have snapped what looks to be the first Hyundai compact SUV aimed squarely at western markets, expected to be revealed some time next year.

When it launches, the baby Hyundai high-rider will take on the likes of the Mazda CX-3, Nissan Juke and Renault Captur.

It’s hard to tell exactly what the new SUV will look like, thanks to the large amounts of camouflage, however the design is said to be inspired by the 2014 Intrado concept (below).

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However, it appears the headlights and daytime-running lights feature a two-tier design, much like the Citroen C4 Picasso/Grand C4 Picasso and the Jeep Cherokee.

Rumours suggest the new model will be based on the same platform that underpins the i20 (which isn’t sold here), and will share components with both the i20 and new i30.

Powertrains, like most details of the new crossover, are unknown – though it’s believed the baby SUV will borrow some of its engine range from the i30.

Expect both front- and all-wheel drive to be offered.

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Australia

While we may have missed out on the new i20 and subsequently the crossover-styled i20 Active, the increasingly competitive small SUV segment is a gaping hole in the Korean manufacturer’s line-up.

Year-to-date, Mazda has sold 14,317 CX-3s, while Mitsubishi isn’t far behind with 13,462 sales of the relatively old ASX.

Hyundai’s current SUV range has proven pretty popular with Australians, with the mid-sized Tucson selling over 2000 units last month and up a massive 303.1 percent on last year.

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Meanwhile, the larger and ageing Santa Fe posted a more modest 704 sales last month, but is nonetheless up 8 per cent on last year’s year-to-date figure.

Considering the Korean brand’s success in the small-car market – the Accent and i30 are consistently top sellers in their respective classes – a baby Hyundai SUV would be a sure winner Down Under.

Stay tuned for more Hyundai SUV updates over the coming months.

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