2016 Hyundai ix35 New-Gen Release Date
Hyundai’s ix35 SUV is due to be replaced by the all-new Tucson for the 2016 model year. Whereas the Tucson SUV first made its debut in 2004, the second generation arrived in 2009 with the new ix35 nameplate that was used outside the US. The South Korean automaker decided to reintroduce the Tucson badge in the rest of the world with the 2016 Hyundai ix35 (Tucson).
2016 Hyundai ix35 Design
When it comes to the exterior styling, the 2016 Hyundai ix35 (Tucson) boasts a more mature look. This time, both Euro- and US-spec models feature a virtually indentical exterior design. At the front, its new hexagonal grille incorporates horizontal slats. Thanks to the new horizontally oriented LED headlights and fog lights, the redesigned ix35 appears wider than before. Many agree that its new look has a more upscale feel to it. Compared to its predecessor, it comes 3.0 inches longer, 1.1-inch wider, while its wheelbase has been extended by 1.2-inch. According to Hyundai, its larger dimensions result in greater passenger space and cargo capacity. The Tucson’s new interior has undergone a thorough overhaul, receiving more premium materials such as the optional Wine Red leather. It has also got a redesigned dashboard as well as a more refined HVAC control interface.
2016 Hyundai ix35 Specs
The engine options under the hood of the Hyundai ix35 2016 will depend on the version. The European gasoline-powered version will be offered with a couple of 1.6-liter engines. While the naturally aspirated unit will be producing 133 horsepower, the turbocharged variant is rated at 174 hp. The entry-level engine will be matched to a six-speed manual transmission and the turbocharged version will be available with either the six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. European buyers will also get to choose from three diesel powertrains. The base engine will come as a 1.7-liter unit making 113 hp, paired with a six-speed manual transmission. There will be a 2.0-liter option that generates either 134 hp or 181 hp, coupled with either the six-speed manual or the seven-speed DCT.
As for the North American variant, expect to see just two four-cylinder engines. Namely, there will be a 2.0-liter rated at 164 hp as well as an optional turbocharged 1.6-liter that produces 175 hp. The former will be mated to a six-speed automatic and the latter will come with the seven-speed DCT.
2016 Hyundai ix35 Price
The European version sold in the UK is expected to start at £18,695, while the US-spec model should retail from $22,700.