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.
by Dan Mihalascu
) - Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 - filed under Geneva Motor Show
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