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Hyundai ix35, 2014

Hyundai ix35 goes under the knife

When the Hyundai ix35 first exploded onto the South African market back in 2010, it proved one of the most popular small SUVs to hit our shores in many years. Now, four years later, the updated ix35 benefits from a range of technological and styling enhancements, an improved new two-litre petrol engine and a new six-speed manual gearbox.

Hyundai ix35, 2014The new Hyundai ix35 model range consists of 6 derivatives with two engines, two gearboxes and three spec levels on offer.

Improved spec & design

In terms of exterior upgrades, the Korean SUV gets new projector headlights with LED accents, new LED taillights, a body-coloured front grille, roof rails with a panoramic sunroof and new 17- and 18-inch alloy wheel designs.

There are also numerous changes on the inside. The rear seats now feature a two-stage latch-type reclining 60/40 split design. Up front, the steering wheel is now adjustable for both height and reach while Executive and Elite derivatives also get standard steering-wheel mounted audio, Blutooth and cruise control buttons. Speaking of Bluetooth, this comes standard with a new audio system across the range with a 4.3-inch colour LCD touchscreen with Executive and Elite models also benefitting from a rear view camera. Bigger cup holders now feature blue light illumination and Elite models are now keyless with push-button start.

Hyundai ix35, 2014Powertrains

One of the most significant upgrades for the 2014 Hyundai ix35 is the replacement of the 2.0-litre Theta II petrol engine with a new Nu 2.0-litre Multi-Port Injection engine. The new engine offers a more even and efficient delivery of power and torque – with peaks of 116kW at 6 200rpm and 192Nm at 4 000rpm respectively.

The new petrol engine is available in combination with a new six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual control.

Two of the new derivatives in the enhanced ix35 range are equipped with the 2-litre CRDi turbodiesel  engine that is also available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic.

Hyundai ix35, 2014Flex Steer system

Buyers of the new ix35 Executive and Elite derivatives can now benefit from Hyundai’s FLEX STEER system, available on this SUV model for the first time. Three driving modes – normal, comfort and sport – allow the driver to vary the level of steering support and feedback to best suit the environment.

Pricing

The new Hyundai ix35 comes standard with a 5-year/150 000km warranty, – year/90 000km service plan and 5-year/150 000km Roadside Assistance.

Hyundai ix35 2.0 NU Premium 6MT 2WD

R319 900

Hyundai ix35 2.0 NU Premium 6AT 2WD

R334 900

Hyundai ix35 2.0 NU Executive 6MT 2WD

R349 900

Hyundai ix35 2.0 NU Elite 6AT 2WD

R369 900

Hyundai ix35 R2.0 Elite 6MT 2WD

R389 900

Hyundai ix35 R2.0 Elite 6AT 4WD

R449 900

 Hyundai ix35, 2014