Hyundai used the Paris Auto Show to debut the new seven seat ix55 SUV which is based on the Veracruz sold in North America.

Hyundai used the Paris Auto Show to debut their new seven seat ix55 SUV which is based on the Veracruz that is sold in North America. Although looking very similar to the Veracruz, the ix55 has undergone some significant changes to help it better compete in the European marketplace.

The most obvious change is the ix55’s 3.0-litre V6 CRDi turbo diesel engine which delivers 240 PS and 451 Nm of torque. Getting all that power to the road is Hyundai’s first six-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is rather modest with 0-100 km/h coming in 10.4 seconds and a top speed of 200 km/h. As with many large SUV’s the new ix55 is rather thirsty, consuming 9.4l/100 km in the combined cycle.

The ix55 also features a retuned suspension for better handling and higher quality interior materials to meet the expectations of European consumers. Standard equipment includes suede-covered seats, an Infinity audio system, dual-zone climate control with separate controls for rear passengers, and cruise control.

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