Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New Hyundai ix35

Most Searched New Cars, The New Hyundai ix35, its new ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language, New Hyundai ix35 is being pitched as a stylish and spacious C-segment alternative to other new cars such as the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, as well as larger rivals such as the New Nissan Qashqai.

The European-spec ix35 has different styling to the Korean model. Changes include new front fog lights, more dramatic headlights and higher levels of chrome detailing. LED lights are also expected to feature on the rear.

The New Hyundai ix35 offers a glimpse of the styling of future Hyundai models, too. The hexagonal grille and more striking front end will be used on future models and will form part of the firm’s new design language.

Hyundai has described the car as having “markedly better fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions than rival SUVs” and it will “compete head on in terms of running costs with mainstream hatchbacks”.

The European ix35 has been conceived and engineered in Europe at the company’s Frankfurt design and technical centre. It will be offered in both front and four wheel drive, but Hyundai expects around 95 per cent of sales to be front wheel drive.

A source said it will come with higher levels of equipment and a more affordable price than key
rivals. “We’ll be pricing it at much less than the Ford Kuga and want to offer lots of equipment to
tempt people away from buying a Nissan Qashqai,” said the source.

“The New Hyundai ix35 will have similar emissions and running costs to rivals like the Focus, but we think people will opt for an ix35 because they’re getting more equipment and interior space than our rivals.”

The Hyundai ix-onic showcased a new 1.6-litre turbocharged direct-injection 168bhp petrol unit that's capable of a tax-friendly 149g/km of CO2 emissions, and a naturally-aspirated version of that engine is likely to make the production car. A new “low emissions, high-powered” 2.0-litre diesel engine will also be available.

The European version will be built at Kia’s Slovakia plant in Zilina. It will share its platform with
the new Kia Sportage, which is also expected to go on-sale next year, but the two cars are expected to have remarkably different charcteristics.