The Hyundai ix35 was launched locally in 2010 and swiftly became as popular as its predecessor the Tucson. Changes for the new year were recently rolled out. Styling improvements on the exterior include projector headlights with LED accents, a new front grille, roof rails and a panoramic sunroof on some models. Buyers get choices of new 17-inch and 18-inch rollers too.
Some convenient trappings on the inside extend to standard steering-wheel mounted audio controls and cruise control buttons for the Executive and Elite derivatives. A new audio system with Bluetooth has been incorporated as well as a hands-free phone system. In the Executive and Elite derivatives, a colour LCD touch screen with a rearview camera display is included.
One of the most significant upgrades is a new, two-litre petrol multi-port injection engine. It promises more efficiency, with outputs of 116kW and 192Nm of torque. Buyers can also opt for a two-litre turbocharged-diesel engine with 130kW and 392Nm of torque on tap. A duo of transmissions serve, one automatic and one manual each equipped with six cogs.
As with all new Hyundai models, buyers get a lengthy five-year/150 000 kilometre warranty and a five-year/90 000-kilometre service plan. Prices start at R319 900 for the 2.0 Premium, while the middle-range 2.0 Executive is R349 900. The top-tier 2.0 Elite Automatic goes for R449 900.