2016 Hyundai ix35 to sport a Santa Fe-like fascia - Rendering

09/02/2015 - 12:51 | ,  ,   | Paranjay Dutt

To be showcased at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Hyundai recently released a sketch of the 2016 Hyundai ix35, announcing plans of showcasing the vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Car and Driver Brazil has now released a rendering of the same and a few other details about the project.

2016 Hyundai ix35 Tucson rendered front three quarter
The 2016 ix35/Tucson will be positioned above the ix25 but below the Santa Fe in Hyundai's global line up.

The design will mimic the larger Santa Fe, and the crossover will get increased legroom at the rear, and could also sport a 7-speed automatic gearbox, says the report. Engine options will include the 2-litre and 2.4-litre engines, and a hydrogen-fuel cell powertrain will also be available in certain markets like Europe.

There will also be diesel choices, and as for the gearbox, it's going to be the new 7-speed dual clutch unit that Hyundai developed in-house.

The new ix35 is "a big step for the Hyundai brand globally," according to Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer at Hyundai.

2016 Hyundai ix35 Tucson rendered rear three quarter
Hyundai's 7-speed dual clutch gearbox is expected to make it to the Tucson, while some markets could also get a hydrogen fuel cell version.

Also read: Hyundai Elite i20 Cross spotted with LED DRLs

An arrival in India is unlikely for the ix35 as Hyundai would first want to make inroads in the SUV segment with the ix25 this year.

Competitors: VW Tiguan, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Qashqai, Honda CR-V
Unveiling: In Geneva early next month

[Source - Car And Driver]

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