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Hyundai is introducing the "i" naming scheme to its SUV/ CUV segment with the new ix35 which was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In all world markets except for South Korea and North America the Tucson-replacement will be known by its new name ix35.

Styling has moved away from the box-shape off-road look towards a sleeker exterior design. The car has more room and luxurious appointments than ever before. The new front grille will help define the look of future Hyundai family products. Looks are enhanced by an aggressive belt line, rear spoiler and optional 225/55 R18 wheels. Kudos to Hyundai for bringing the car so soon after its ix-onic concept form was revealed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.

Passengers will benefit from things like the long dual-panel panoramic sunroof with UV blocking, the USB/aux jack for music, the 3.5-inch colour LCD, Push Button start with smart-key proximity sensor and a cooled glove box.

The ix35 will be offered with a number of engines depending on the region. The two petrols are the Theta-II 2.0 rated at 120kW (163hp) and 197Nm of torque. It emits 178g/km in C02 gases. The Gamma 1.6 GDI delivers 103kW (140hp) and peak torque of 167Nm, with C02 emissions of 165g/km (4WD MT), and 158g/km (2WD MT) respectively.

Diesels come in the form of the new R 2.0 worth 135kW and (184hp) and 392Nm and a low version of 100kW (136hp) and 320Nm. The second, called the U-II 1.7 will have output of 85kW (115hp) and torque of 255Nm.

A 6-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard while the in-house developed 6-speed automatic with Shiftronic is optional on some models. Suspension is a MacPherson strut-based system at the front while the rear uses a multi-link layout.

Hyundai will begin production at the end of the year and sales will commence in certain markets during the first quarter of 2010.


Gallery: Hyundai ix35 Unveiled

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