The Hyundai's sheetmetal has been nipped and tucked from the looks of the photo, with bolder bi-xenon headlamps and LED running lights the most obvious alterations. Inside we're told to keep an eye out for improved materials and a new, larger TFT infortainment control screen.
Expect clearer intel about both the ix35 and the home-market Tucson no later than next week, and most likely a bit earlier.
UPDATE: The ix35/Tucson has gone official and is confirmed for Geneva. Press release added below.
- New ix35 brings upgrades to Hyundai's C-segment SUV offering
- Powertrains improved and automatic option for diesel version added
- New ix35 designed, developed and manufactured in Europe, for Europe
Hyundai has released the first image of the New ix35, ahead of its world premiere at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The new model will take the stage three years after the launch of the original ix35 C-segment SUV, and features a wide range of technological and efficiency enhancements.
New ix35 – a true 'made for Europe' model – receives an enhanced powertrain line-up, including a new European-developed gasoline engine, the 'Nu' 2,0-litre GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection), that offers more power yet greater economy than the 'Theta-II' 2,0-litre engine it replaces. The 'R' diesel engine receives clean technology, such as LP-EGR (low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation).
To further improve the European-tuned ride and handling characteristics, New ix35 benefits from Hyundai's three-mode FLEX STEER driving system. Drivers can choose from Normal, Comfort and Sport modes to tailor levels of feedback and the overall driving experience.
Bi-Xenon headlamps and a TFT Supervision cluster offer greater clarity to the driver, while the interior receives a host of material upgrades to improve quality, along with some detail enhancements to trim.
Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, Allan Rushforth, commented, "The New ix35 is an important model for Hyundai in Europe. With the original car being so popular across the region, it was important for us to ensure that the upgrades would maintain this popularity. The styling, dynamic and technical upgrades to the New ix35 ensure that the car retains the character which has made it such a success whilst offering customers an even more emotive purchase choice.
"The ix35 was an important model for Hyundai. With eye-catching fluidic sculpture form and European quality, it helped change perceptions of the Hyundai range in the region. New ix35, with its enhanced powertrain line-up, interior refinements and sharper styling will appeal to a broad range of buyers in Europe."
The ix35 became the fastest-selling model in the brand's European history and remains hugely popular with buyers – selling more than 87.000 units in 2012. It was the first model to present Hyundai's 'fluidic sculpture' form language and retains the now-familiar styling, including the company's trademark hexagonal front grille. The model was designed and developed at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and produced at the brand's production facility in Nošovice, Czech Republic.
About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Motor Group, with more than two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Hyundai Motor - which has seven manufacturing bases outside of South Korea including Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. - sold 4,4 million vehicles globally in 2012. Hyundai Motor, which employs over 80.000 worldwide, offers a full line-up of products including small to large passenger vehicles, SUVs and commercial vehicles.
Further information about Hyundai Motor and its products is available at www.hyundai.com.
About Hyundai Motor Europe
The company designs, engineers and manufactures cars in Europe, specifically for European consumers. In 2012, Hyundai achieved European sales of 444.000 units, taking a new-car market share of 3,5%. Almost 95% of the vehicles Hyundai sells in the region are designed, engineered and tested in Europe. And more than 70% are built at its two local factories (Czech Republic and Turkey), including New Generation i30, which is shortlisted for Europe's 2013 Car of the Year award. Hyundai sells cars in 28 European countries across 2.500 outlets.
Hyundai offers its unique, Europe-only, Five Year Triple Care warranty package with all new cars sold in the region, providing customers with a five-year warranty with no mileage limit, five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.