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.