THE New ix35, an upgraded version of Hyundai's second best-selling car in Europe, has made its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
The new model boasts a range of technological enhancements, making it an even more appealing proposition to European buyers.
Since the original model's sales launch in March 2010, ix35 has generated a high level of consumer demand. It became the fastest-selling model in Hyundai's European history, exceeding all of the company's expectations. Up until this month, Hyundai has sold more than 220,000 units of the C-segment SUV vehicle in Europe.
A new engine, efficiency upgrades to other powerplants and new equipment add further refinement, enhancing the driving experience.
One of the most significant upgrades for the model will be the replacement of the 2,0-litre 'Theta II' gasoline engine with a new, super-efficient 'Nu' 2,0-litre GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine. The new powerplant, developed in-house at Hyundai's European R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, offers more power and torque, 166 ps and 205 Nm (20,9 kg/m) respectively, yet is Euro5-compliant.
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.
Buyers of New ix35 can now benefit from Hyundai's FLEX STEER system, available on the C-SUV model for the first time. Three driving modes - normal, comfort and sport - allow the driver to vary the level of steering support and feedback to best suit the environment.
Further enhancements such as a heated steering wheel, front parking sensors and a trailer-towing safety function for the ESC (electronic stability control) allow customers a more refined driving experience. The new optional 4.2-inch TFT Supervision Cluster displays a wide range of information to the driver in high-resolution clarity.
European buyers can also choose an upgraded audio and navigation system, paired with a larger 7-inch LCD centre console display.
For greater illumination when driving in the dark, Hyundai is offering optional Bi-Xenon headlamps for the first time on this model, as well as uprated LED with daytime running lights as standard.