Official: 2010 Hyundai IX35 revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Hyundai revealed today the all new IX35, a brand new successor for the Tucson crossover, which promises to set a trend for its segment and regain sales leadership.

As you can see from the photos, the new vehicle is based on the Ix-onic Concept shown back in March at the Geneva Motor Show and according to the manufacturer it took 36 months and 280 billion won (approx. US$225 million) to develop, so expect something really beautiful!

Under the hood the new SUV carries a 2.0-liter engine, either the all-new diesel R or gasoline Theta-II and is fitted with Hyundai's all-new six-speed automatic transmission.

The diesel powerplant meets the latest Euro-5 emissions standards and achieves 15.4 kilometers per liter fuel economy with maximum power output of 184 horsepower, while the gasonline engine has a fuel economy of 11.7 kilometers per liter with a 166 horsepower.

The manufacturer also offers the diesel engine in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel drive configurations, while gasoline engine is available only in front-wheel-drive. The official debut of the car will be made at the 2009 IAA in Frankfurt while the North American specifications will be announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year.

The Hyundai ix35 may already have the fuel-efficient engines and the transmissions, but it still has a number of other innovations that help lower its operation costs. The newest feature that helps encourage drivers to practice fuel-saving habits is the "ECO" coach which is located between the tachometer and the speedometer.

For the Hyundai ix35 that utilizes a manual transmission for instance, the LCD tripometer screen has an icon that starts to flash once the optimum gear shift point is achieved. The model that uses an automatic transmission meanwhile also has the "ECO" icon but it has been backlit with LEDs that come in green, red, or white.

These light up to adjust to the driver’s behaviour. The automatic model with the "ECO" coach allows fuel savings between 15% and 17% while the manual version offers fuel savings from around 7% to 9%. The use of the multi-link rear suspension was chosen since the compact design ensures that the intrusion to the cabin is minimized and thus opens up more space for the passengers and even cargo.

This is in addition to the handling characteristics and the superior ride that the suspension offers. The set-up of its front suspension is equipped with the trusted Macpherson struts. Hyundai conducted extensive work on this new model to isolate any sound and even eliminate any vibrations. As a result, the ix35 is quieter even if the engine is idle or when running at the highway.

Most vehicles have a booming noise but this is reduced in the Hyundai ix35 through the sub-frame dynamic damper. The rear luggage area meanwhile has soundproofing added to it and thus is able to isolate any sound coming from the exhaust. Hyundai even improved the stiffness of the spring sheet, its rear trailing arm, and the struts in the front and rear to minimize the road noise.

Hyundai made sure to use the highest standards of safety when it crafted the body shell structure. The company conducted a number of in-house tests for crash safety and the Hyundai ix35 managed to get a Euro NCAP five-star rating in relation to frontal impact and side impact.

The main reason why the body shell is tougher is because of the use of ultra-high tensile strength steel, which also made the body lighter. During a scenario wherein a driver administers panic braking, it automatically triggers the emergency flash signals which helps in lowering the risk of a rear-end crash from occurring. When the weight of the occupant puts pressure on the backrest, the headrest is triggered and moves up and forward to help prevent any potential injuries to the upper body, neck, and head.

Press Release

Hyundai ix35

The Hyundai ix35 development team moved away from the two-box off-roader look in favor of a sleeker, more reformed profile while aiming for a roomier cabin, extra storage capacity and fuel economy leadership.

Hyundai's new "fluidic" design language finds confident expression in the sweeping, gently curved lines of the Hyundai ix35. The hexagonal grille previewed on the Hyundai ix-onic concept at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show moves into mass production on the Hyundai ix35, a defining look that will serve to unify the family of future Hyundai products. To achieve the desired dynamic and sporty image, Hyundai ix35 gets an aggressive belt line coupled with a low-to-the-ground feel which is enhanced by the optional 225/55 R18 wheels.

The interior lines echo the dynamic flow of the sheet metal. For improved comfort, the designers have carved out extra legroom and headroom (whilst lowering the overall height of the vehicle). The feeling of spaciousness in the cabin is further enhanced by the new dual-panel panoramic sunroof, benefitting front and rear passengers. The center panel can either tilt open or can open completely by sliding up and over the rear panel.

The gauge cluster - with blue backlight - borrows Supervision technology from the Genesis sedan to display key information with crystal-clear clarity and minimal eye stress.

The Hyundai ix35 rides on a 2640mm wheelbase which is 10mm longer than the outgoing Hyundai Tucson. At 4410mm and 1820mm, it is also longer and wider than its predecessor (by 85mm and 20mm, respectively) greatly improving the interior cabin space but the overall height of 1660mm has been lowered by 20mm without affecting headroom.

Greater travel in the front seat adjustment gives more legroom and headroom for taller drivers. The centre console box has been enlarged to 6.2 liters for more storage. In addition, the height of the rear cargo screen has been raised for extra capacity and a small storage binnacle has been added in the rear cargo area.

To further broaden its appeal, Hyundai ix35 will get the newest fuel-efficient engines and six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Western European customers will be offered a choice of two thrifty and clean-burning petrol engines: the Theta-II 2.0 rated at 166ps and 20.1kg.m of torque which emits just 178g/km (2WD MT) of CO2 and the Gamma 1.6 GDI delivering 140ps and 17kg.m of torque, available from November 2010, which delivers only 158g/km of CO2. This 1.6 GDI engine will be available with ISG stop-start technology, further reducing CO2 to just 149 g/km.

The European diesel lineup includes two all-new engines: the R 2.0 and the U-II 1.7, which will be available from November 2010. The R 2.0 will come in a choice of two outputs: high (184ps/40kg.m) and low (136ps/32kg.m) producing CO2 emissions of just 165g/km (2WD MT) and 158g/km (4WD MT), respectively. The U-II will have a rated output of 115ps with 26.0kg.m and will have class-leading CO2 emissions of just 149 g/km (2WD MT) when equipped with ISG. To achieve Euro-5 emission compliance, the R is fitted with a close-coupled diesel particulate filter plus highly efficient exhaust gas recirculation with by-pass valve.

Six-speed manuals are standard with both diesels while the R will come with the option of a six-speed automatic. Hyundai's all-new six-speed automatic transaxle helps the company meet its goals of improving fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions. Shifts are silky-smooth with an option of sporty-type, manual shifting through the Shiftronic which is also new to the Hyundai ix35.

In addition to the new fuel-efficient engines and transmissions, the Hyundai ix35 features a number of other innovations which contribute to lower operational costs. Nestled between the speedometer and tachometer, the "ECO" coach is a new feature designed to promote fuel-saving driving habits. In the manual transmission version, an icon on the LCD trip-ometer screen begins to flash when the optimum gear shift point is reached. The automatic uses an "ECO" icon backlit by LEDs with either the red, white or green LED lighting up in accordance with driving behavior. Fuel savings in the range of 15 to 17 percent are attainable with the automatic "ECO" coach and 7 to 9 percent with the manual.

The multi-link rear suspension was adopted not only for its superior ride and handling characteristics but also because of its compact design which minimizes intrusion into the cabin creating extra space for passengers and cargo. Tried and true Macpherson struts are employed for the front suspension set-up.

Extensive work was done to isolate sounds and eliminate vibrations. Hyundai ix35 is discernibly quieter both at highway speeds and at engine idle. Booming noise is reduced thanks to a sub-frame dynamic damper while the rear luggage area gets extra soundproofing to isolate exhaust sounds. Road noise has been minimized by improving stiffness in the front and rear struts, rear trailing arm and the spring sheet.

The body shell structure is engineered to the very highest standards of safety: In crash safety tests conducted in-house Hyundai ix35 scores a five-star rating in Euro NCAP testing for both frontal and side impacts. The entire body shell has been made stiffer and lighter thanks to its more extensive use of ultra-high tensile strength steel.

In a panic braking situation, the emergency flash signals are automatically triggered thus reducing the risk of rear-end crashes. Active headrests are triggered by the pressure of the seat occupant's weight on the backrest, the headrests automatically moving upwards and forwards to help prevent injuries to head, neck and upper body.

In addition to optional 4WD capability, Hyundai ix35's CUV credentials are strengthened with two new safety features: Hill start Assist Control and Downhill Brake Control which promote safer travel up and down steep slopes.

For safer maneuvering in reverse gear, a rear-view camera has been added, which operates in conjunction with a 3.5-inch color LCD built into the rear-view mirror. Smart-Parking Assist uses the rear-view camera to provide a graphical grid overlay to safely guide the driver into the parking spot.

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