Geneva Motor Show LIVE: Hyundai ix35 facelift image

At the 2013 Geneva motor show, Hyundai presents a refreshed version of its second best-selling car in Europe, the ix35 SUV.

The new model comes with a range of technological enhancements, making it an even more appealing proposition to European buyers. Since the ix35’s sales launch in March 2010, the compact SUV became the fastest-selling model in Hyundai’s European history, exceeding all of the company’s expectations. To March 2013, Hyundai has sold more than 220,000 units of the C-segment SUV vehicle in Europe.

For the facelifted model, Hyundai offers a new engine, efficiency upgrades to other powerplants and new equipment add further refinement, enhancing the driving experience. The 2,0-litre ‘Theta II’ gasoline engine will be replaced 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, and is Euro5-compliant.

To improve efficiency, two strong engines benefit from the fitment of a new low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation (LP EGR) system.
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.

European buyers can also choose an upgraded audio and navigation system, paired with a larger 7-inch LCD centre console display.
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.

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