BOOST: New Hyundai ix35
Hyundai’s new ix35 will enjoy several new standard equipment features and a range of debut specification options, it has been announced.
Available from September 1, the compact SUV – priced from £16,995 – will come with a range of enhancements, including improved efficiency and fuel consumption.
Chassis and suspension upgrades will improve both ride and handling, claim Hyundai, while the vehicle will feature five clearly-defined grades.
These include the entry-level S, mid-range SE and SE Nav and two range-topping trims called ‘Premium’ and ‘Premium Panorama’.
Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor UK, said: “The ix35 is one of the fastest-selling models in our product range with just under 30,000 units sold in the UK since launch in late 2010.
“The new ix35 will continue this trend as it offers retail and corporate buyers a stylish, practical and safe vehicle that is equally at home in the city as it is out of it.
“With the latest enhancements, the new ix35 will deliver an even greater level of value-for-money in this popular segment of the car market.”
The new ix35 retains 1.6litre GDi petrol and 1.7litre and 2.0litre CRDi engines, but will now offer Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) as an option on the 1.7litre CRDi.
Further changes to the engine line-up include the introduction of a six-speed automatic transmission on the 2.0litre 136PS 4WD model.
This will replace the current 181PS unit and bring benefits of improved fuel consumption of 41.5mpg and lower CO2 of 179g/km.
The range-topping 136PS 2.0 CRDi 4WD Automatic now boasts lower BIK rates when compared with the outgoing 181PS – 30% and 31% for SE/SE Nav and Premium respectively.
Standard features across the range include LED Daytime running lights and positioning lights, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and Trailer Stability Assist.
Inside, the new ix35 also comes with upgraded audio and navigation system units for each corresponding trim level.
The range begins with the S 1.6litre GDi 2WD manual, which includes USB and AUX connections, air conditioning, cooling glove compartment, Trip Computer, Hillstart Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Brake Control as standard.
In the £18,495 SE trim, standard equipment includes Bluetooth with voice recognition, cruise control, heated front and rear seats, rear parking sensors, auto dimming rearview mirror and leather steering wheel and gearknob.
For an additional £1,000 on each corresponding SE model, buyers can choose SE Nav, which comes with Satellite Navigation with TMC, rearview parking camera, upgraded seven-speaker sound system and ‘sharkfin’ antenna.
The new Premium and Premium Panorama trims are equipped with a host of features as standard.
These include Bi-Xenon headlights, chrome door handles and headlamp washers, keyless entry, leather seats and privacy glass.