Three years after the launch of the first version of its successful SUV, Hyundai has just released the first image of the new, facelifted ix35, just a few days ahead of its official world premiere at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The ix35 model year 2013 receives an enhanced powertrain line-up, including a new European-developed 2-0-litre GDI unit that offers more power yet greater economy than the ‘Theta-II’ 2,0-litre engine it replaces. The ‘R’ diesel engine receives clean technology, such as LP-EGR (low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation).
The new ix35 will also benefit from Hyundai’s own three-mode Flex Steer driving system: drivers will be able to choose from Normal, Comfort and Sport modes to tailor levels of feedback and the overall driving experience. Bi-Xenon headlamps and a TFT Supervision cluster will provide for greater clarity to the driver, while the interior receives a host of material upgrades to improve quality, along with some detail enhancements to trim. Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, Allan Rushforth, commented:
“The New ix35 is an important model for Hyundai in Europe. With the original car being so popular across the region, it was important for us to ensure that the upgrades would maintain this popularity. The styling, dynamic and technical upgrades to the New ix35 ensure that the car retains the character which has made it such a success whilst offering customers an even more emotive purchase choice.