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.