Hyundai sells a lot of Tucson SUVs in Europe but, if people want to buy the latest "version" of the Tucson next spring they'll need to forget the name and ask for something called an ix35 instead. Hyundai, like so many other automakers, apparently thinks cats walking on keyboards is a great way to name vehicles, and will be bringing the ix35 to the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. While Hyundai isn't saying what sort of powerplant will sit underhood, the company is claiming that enhanced aerodynamics and a "more refined powertrain technology" (compared to the Tucson) will reduce fuel use and CO2 emissions to the point where the running costs for the ix35 will "compete head on ... with mainstream hatchbacks." This is a small SUV, to be sure, but that claim is nonetheless mighty impressive. We'll find out exactly what the numbers are when the ix35 is revealed on September 15th.
REVEALED – THE HYUNDAI ix35
* All-new crossover brings a new level of style and sophistication
* To be unveiled at Frankfurt Show, on sale Spring 2010
* Advanced powertrain to offer unrivalled power and economy
Hyundai has released the first undisguised images of its new ix35, an all-new C-segment crossover that showcases Hyundai's distinctive new 'fluidic sculpture' design language. The ix35 replaces the popular Tucson – one of Europe's best-selling SUVs – and will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.
Design cues seen on ix35 will be carried over to other new Hyundai models, most notably the pronounced hexagonal grille which will become a recognisable family attribute.
The ix35 also has a smaller footprint than C-segment hatchbacks and MPVs, meaning it will also appeal to buyers who are seeking a more stylish alternative to conventional cars.
The sleeker styling contributes to enhanced aerodynamics. This, combined with more refined powertrain technology, enables ix35 to deliver markedly better fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions than rival SUVs and compete head on in terms of running costs with mainstream hatchbacks.
More information about ix35 will be made available when the Frankfurt Motor Show opens on September 15th.