Hyundai's new sub-compact SUV has been spied, both inside and out, during testing in Germany.

This new crossover is thought to be mechanically related to the Hyundai ix25 and Creta, which have been on sale in China and India, respectively, since 2015.

Despite their reportedly shared underpinnings, this new crossover has been developed with wealthier and more developed markets in mind. As such, it seems to sport a completely unique body with styling derived from the Euro-minded i20 and i30 hatchbacks.

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Up front, though, the new SUV is more than a little inspired by the latest Jeep Cherokee, and features a thin strip of LED driving lights under which are a disguised set of main headlamp units.

At the rear, the as-yet-unnamed crossover sports slim tail-lights with LED elements inspired by the Hyundai Genesis sedan.

To go along with the unique exterior sheetmetal, the interior of this new SUV has been restyled with a new design that's less reminiscent of the previous generation i45/Sonata.

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The Creta/ix25 is 4270mm long, 1780mm wide, 1630mm tall, and rides on a 2590mm wheelbase. If these dimensions carry through to this new SUV, Hyundai's new sub-compact crossover will be sized to directly compete with the Holden Trax/Opel Mokka X.

In China, the ix25 is available with three petrol engines: a 92kW/151Nm 1.6-litre, 118kW/192Nm 2.0-litre, and a 118kW/250Nm 1.6-litre turbo. For the Indian market, the Creta is also available with two turbo-diesel options: a 66kW/220Nm 1.4-litre, and a 94kW/260Nm 1.6-litre

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The new Hyundai SUV will be revealed in the coming months, and an Australian debut is confirmed for the second half of 2017.

In 2015, the company's local arm confirmed that it would sit out the ix25/Creta in favour of a new sub-Tucson SUV that would launch in a few years' time.