The Hyundai ix35 has received some styling enhancements, a new engine and a new gearbox.
Styling changes include a new body-coloured front grille, new headlights with LED accents, LED taillights, roof side rails with panoramic sunroof and new wheel designs. Inside, there are a variety of new standard features such as rake and reach adjustment on the steering column and a new audio system with Bluetooth connectivity. The Executive and Elite models get steering-wheel mounted audio and cruise control buttons, and a 4,3-inch colour LCD touchscreen with rearview camera.
In terms of technology, the ix35 gains Flex Steer for the Executive and Elite models. This system, first seen in the i30, adjusts the steering depending on which of the three modes – normal, comfort or sport – the driver opts for. An AWD system is now standard on the top-of-the-range ix35.
The new 2,0-litre multipoint injection engine replaces the 2,0-litre Theta unit. It offers 116 kW at 6 200 r/min and 192 N.m of torque at 4 000 /min. This unit it mated with the company’s new six-speed manual ‘box or the six-speed auto and has a claimed fuel consumption of 8,5 and 8,8 litres/100 km, respectively. The 2,0-litre diesel with 130 kW and 383 N.m is still available.
ix35 2,0 – R319 900
ix35 2,0 Premium AT – R334 900
ix35 2,0 Executive – R349 900
ix35 2,0 Elite AT – R369 900
ix35 2,0 CRDi Elite – R389 900
ix35 2,0 CRDi Elite AT – R449 900