As shown at the Geneva Motor Show, the 2013 European-spec Hyundai ix35 crossover model features several upgrades when it comes to hardware and content. This compact crossover is closely linked to the U.S.-spec Tucson so it’s believed that Euro-market ix35 will preview several changes that the 2014 Tucson may receive.
At first glance, it appears that the modifications on the Euro-spec ix35 are subtle. But it’s a pleasant surprise to know that it features LED lighting in the form of front driving lights and rear taillights. Meanwhile, the ix35 will be powered by a direct-injected 2.0-liter engine that’s more fuel-efficient.
This also marks the first time for the diesel model (which isn’t expected to be offered in the U.S.) to be available with an optional six-speed automatic. Just the base-model Tucson gets a 2.0-liter engine in the U.S. market. This means that there’s room for either a U.S. Tucson with a downsized engine or Hyundai’s 2.4-liter Theta II GDI four-cylinder as featured in the Santa Fe Sport and Sonata.
The interior of the ix35 will be getting a new 4.2 TFT display in the instrument cluster. It comes with Hyundai’s adjustable-assist Flex Steer system. It gets other upgrades such as a heated steering wheel, chrome-ringed climate-control system vents, illuminated cupholders, available 7-inch touchscreen audio and navigation system, and front parking sensors.
In addition, the Euro ix35 can get bi-xenon HID headlights as an option. It’s believed that the U.S.-spec 2014 Tucson will be offered with some of the highlights of the European model.
The development team of the Hyundai ix35 departed from the two-box off-roader style to go with a sleeker, more improved profile while targeting a more spacious cabin, added storage capacity and fuel economy prominence.
The latest "fluidic" design language of Hyundai finds its way into Hyundai ix35’s sweeping, subtly curved lines. The Hyundai ix-onic concept’s hexagonal grille, which debuted at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, will be mass produced on the new Hyundai ix35. This defining look will unify the family of Hyundai vehicles in the future.
The model will have an aggressive belt line paired with a downward feel. These characteristics are improved by the optional 225/55 R18 wheels. The optional wheels help achieve the desired active and sporty look.
The interior lines reflect the active flow of the metal sheet. To provide more comfort, the car designers engraved more legroom and headroom while lowering the vehicle’s over overall height. The latest dual-panel panoramic sunroof enhanced the spacious feel for front and back passengers. By raising and pushing back the rear panel, the panel in the center can tilt open or open fully.
Supervision technology of the gauge cluster, having a blue backlight, came from the Genesis sedan. It displays basic information with clarity; hence, there’s less eye stress.
The 2640mm wheelbase, where Hyundai ix35 sits, is 10mm longer than the outgoing Hyundai Tucson. Having the length of 4410mm and 1820mm, it is longer and wider than its forerunners (by 85mm and 20mm, respectively). This helps improve the interior cabin space. The overall height of 1660mm has been dropped by 20mm without touching headroom.