The upcming Frankfurt Motor Show will be the stage where Hyundai reveals an addition to its SUV line-up, the ix35
The ix35 SUV (rumoured to replace the Tucson) will make its world debut at the Show on 15 September.
Alongside will be a revamped Santa Fe, with a wide range of engineering and cosmetic changes, including a new powertrain, steering and suspension.
The ix35 is the first Hyundai SUV to be conceived and engineered in Europe, at the company’s Frankfurt-based design and technical centres. The model continues Hyundai’s design concept - ‘fluidic sculpture’ – and carries over the sweeping styling of the concept car that appeared at Geneva this year.
“SUVs represent a cornerstone in our continuing sales success,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s Sales and Marketing Director Kevin McCann. “Since we began selling Tucson in 2004, for example, sales have totalled 28,800 units; we have a 13 per cent market share year to date. Both models have demonstrated our parent company’s expertise in producing SUVs that not only exceed customer expectations, but help shape the sector. We can’t wait to have the new models out in dealer showrooms.”
A new 135kW 2.0 litre version of Hyundai’s R-Engine turbo-diesel is expected to power the ix35, with a petrol engine also predicted.
Further information will become available closer to the Show.