After one photo, the 2013 Hyundai IX35 Facelift was finally presented at the Geneva Motor Show. According to the official info, the new model promises to offer a range of technological enhancements, which makes it even more appealing. For those who don’t know, the first Hyundai IX35 made its debut back in March 2010 and since them, the Korean manufacturer sold more than 220,000 units of the C-segment SUV vehicle in Europe. For the 2013MY, the Hyundai IX35 Facelift offers further refinement, enhancing the driving experience. One of the most significant upgrades for the 2013 IX35 Facelift will be the replacement of the the 2,0-litre ‘Theta II’ gasoline engine with a new, super-efficient ‘Nu’ 2,0-litre GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine.
This new engine was developed in-house at Hyundai’s European R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and offers 166 hp and 205 Nm of torque (20,9 kg/m). Two strong engines benefit from the fitment of a new low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation (LP EGR) system, yielding significant efficiency gains across the range. Furthermore, the 2013 Hyundai IX35 Facelift comes with the Flex Steer system. Three driving modes are available: normal, comfort and sport. These driving modes allow the driver to vary the level of steering support and feedback to best suit the environment.
Inside the cabin of New ix35, the seats and upper door trims are now finished in higher-quality materials, the dashboard air vents are ringed in chrome, the front cup holders are illuminated and the windscreen receives a shade band, completing the visual refreshment. The interior offers further enhancements such as the heated steering wheel, front parking sensors and a trailer-towing safety function for the ESC (electronic stability control).
An optional 4.2-inch TFT Supervision Cluster display is available showing a wide range of information to the driver in high-resolution clarity. If not satisfied, European buyers can choose a wide range of information to the driver in high-resolution clarity. If night driving is a problem, Hyundai IX35 Facelift is available with optional Bi Xenon headlamps for the first time, as well as with uprated LED with daytime running lights as standard. New alloy wheels are available, measuring 17- and 18-inch.
The base model of the Hyundai ix35 is the S 1.6-liter GDi 2WD manual. At a price of £16,995 OTR, this base ix35 is even more affordable than the current model. At this price, the ix35 S 1.6-liter GDi 2WD manual comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, Hillstart Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control and air conditioning as well as remote central locking with alarm, USB and AUX connections, glove compartment with cooling function and Trip Computer.
Up next in the range is the SE trim. Its most affordable version is the 1.6 GDi 2WD manual at £18,495 OTR. It comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, front foglights, LED taillights, rear parking sensors and heated front and rear seats as well as leather steering wheel and gearknob. It also features Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition and auto dimming rearview mirror.
Next is the SE Nav trim, which builds on the specs of the SE model but with the addition of Satellite Navigation with TMC, upgraded seven-speaker sound system, 'sharkfin' antenna and rearview parking camera. The SE Nav trim for the new Hyundai ix35 costs an extra £1,000 above the SE models.
Serving the range-toppers of the new Hyundai ix35 are the new Premium and Premium Panorama trims. These trim levels are provided -- as standard -- with 18-inch alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights with self-leveling system, headlamp washers and chrome door handles. They are also specified with leather seats, privacy glass and keyless entry. The Premium Panorama is fitted as standard with an electric tilt and slide panoramic sunroof.
Of course, Hyundai is allowing customers to specify more equipment -- individually or as a package -- into their new Hyundai ix35 SUV. For instance, all models could be equipped with Hyundai's ISG system at £215. SE trim upwards could be specified with the Safety & Comfort Pack 1, which includes front parking sensors, Flex Steer, Supervision cluster, and TPMS (High Line). Price is at £795.