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Hyundai launches compact sedan


Hyundai’s latest compact car, the i35, is due in New Zealand early next year

Here’s the all-new compact car from Hyundai, the i35.

The latest edition of Hyundai’s most popular model worldwide, the i35 showcases the brand’s new Wind Craft design.

Featuring the Gamma 1.6-litre GDI engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, it goes on sale in Korea this month and is due in New Zealand early next year.

“This new replacement for the Elantra will most likely provide the best styling and performance in its class,” explained the Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai New Zealand, Tom Ruddenklau.

“It has a sportier and even more progressive image than its predecessor, and it will continue the successful Hyundai formula of optimum technology and powertrain to deliver class-leading performance and fuel efficiency.”

The i35 will reportedly sip 6.0l/100km*.

Although the i35 is a completely new vehicle, it’s the fifth generation of the model’s lineage, which has racked up cumulative sales of 6 million units worldwide.

Like Hyundai’s latest models, the ix35 compact SUV and i45 sedan, the i35’s exterior is highlighted by elements such as hexagonal front grille, swept back headlamps and alloy wheels (15-, 16- or 17-inch).

Other highlights include Smart Parking Assist System, HID (High Intensity Discharge) headlamps, LED combination lamps in the rear, heated rear seats, puddle lamps and a colour LCD info display. High-tech safety features such as TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System), ESS (Emergency Stop Signal) are also available.

*Fuel consumption applies to the 1.6 GDI A/T model

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