A mildly tweaked version of Hyundai's popular SUV unveiled at Geneva
1 March 2013

A facelifted Hyundai ix35 has made its first public outing at the Geneva motor show. The revised range sees the introduction of new engines, technology and steering setup.

A mildly worked-over diesel unit, with low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation, will be supplied in the UK but a new 2.0-litre petrol unit is unlikely to be offered. Hyundai says the European-spec petrol GDI unit is more powerful and offers better economy than the model it replaces.

Hyundai’s Flex Steer system is fitted. The setup, which premiered in the current Hyundai i30, offers three presets to configure steering feedback.

The exterior has received a number of subtle revisions, including bi-xenon headlights. The cabin features improved trim and materials and a new TFT infortainment screen is fitted. UK models will carry 17in alloy wheels as standard, while European models will be offered with 16s.

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1 March 2013

Is this the picture of the new model or the outgoing?

What's the specs on new petrol and diesel engines?

1 March 2013

After coming so far, Hyundai / Kia are slipping behind Europe/Japan by not having a small capacity petrol turbo in their range. I am sure that they must have one in development...

2 March 2013

I wouldn't know whether this was a facelifted version or the original. So many of these models from various manufacturers look depressingly similar.

Say what you like about the MINI Countryman, the Fiat 500L, the Nissan Juke, even the SsangYong Rhodius, at least they bring some variety and interest to our roads.

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