• Aug 9, 2009
The Hyundai ix35, otherwise expected to be the next U.S.-spec Tucson, was caught on a commercial shoot in Sydney, Australia. Compared to its concept progenitor, the ix-onic, the production crossover is pleasingly true to its inspiration.
The ix-onic's asymmetric grill mesh has been swapped for three conventional horizontal lamellas. Elsewhere, the edge-tastic treatment of the concept has been toned down but not dispensed with altogether. The boomerang fog lights take a more open shape but still form an angled design element with the headlamps. And it's hard to tell in the original image posted by Ausmotive.com, but the possibly softer rear end seems to have a bit of a Murano-style look about it now.

Motive force (in other markets) will come from a 1.6-liter GDi turbo four-cylinder, moving the wheels through a 6-speed double-clutch transmission -- a nice bit of technology for a CUV from a the same people who brought us the unlamented Hyundai Excel. If it goes as well as it looks, Hyundai could have a winner with its new compact 'ute. Hat tip to Liam

[Source: Ausmotive.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      One of the best CUV's out there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The new one may be but the existing one sure isn't.

        A 6 cylinder cute ute that's slowest in class against competing 4 bangers yet achieves the fuel economy of a full size Acadia is quite an accomplishment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It appears that they are trying to hard to set their own styling language

      It looks weird tho.. I can't say it's ugly just yet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see a little Nissan Murano in the rear
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lower that silver strip in the middle of the grill a bit and you get the Chevy corporate look.
        • 5 Years Ago
        who knew all chevy needed to do was just move that bar up a bit to make it look good. wait, just remembered the impala. nope, still doesn't work.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Back looks more little-brother rogue-ish than murano-ish to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My first thought on seeing that picture was that they'd put a Hyundai badge on a Ford Kuga. That front is bloody similar.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually Ford Kinetic Design was rolled out in 2005 at the Frankfurt Autoshow as the Iosis. The Kuga is an adaptation of that design as is the World Focus, Fiesta and Mondeo.

        • 5 Years Ago
        That concept looks similar to some of Ford's current design cues over in Europe as well. Both the headlights and foglights are what reminded me of at least Ford's styling, if not the Kuga.
        • 5 Years Ago
        psu: Actually my points are still valid.

        1) Regardless of what it was based on the Kuga did not come out before the Genus concept, which is clearly what the ix35 is getting its lines from.
        2) The ix35 has no lines that are the same as the Kuga, and even less so with the Iosis, so pointing out that the Kuga came from the Iosis is a moot point. Someone would have to be drinking the Ford kool-aid to think it so.
        • 5 Years Ago
        First off, the Kuga isn't that original - having a similar look to many European hatches.

        Second, the ix35 has many of the design cues of the Hyundai Talus HCD-9 concept (which dates back to 2006) and QarmaQ concept (which dates back to 2007).

        http://www.autoblog.com/2007/03/06/geneva-motor-show-hyundai-qarmaq-concept/

        Third, the front of the two models don't really look much alike.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's true that Hyundai borrows ( euphemism for steals) from other car makers design cues, but I have to say they managed to design a beautiful car this time. There are few things that I don't like in the design provided in the link like the strange metallic plastic thing in the bottom of the doors or the strange honeycomb grill but if they provided this car with their attractive pricing and warranty the Japanese, European and american car makers better watch out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jeezus that thing is nasty. I had high hopes though.... They have enough great-looking products for me to not entirely hate them though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car designed by Hyundai european team.,
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YoQTxBsEoE

      Unlike Hyundai California design tea,(fugly cars), I think Hyundai european's deisngs are good.

      I like Hyundai arnejs.
      http://www.carpages.co.uk/hyundai/hyundai_images/hyundai_arnejs_14_09_06.jpg
        • 5 Years Ago
        Neither of those is ugly. Isn't the new Sonata California designed? It looks promising.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks good. I want to see the interior.
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