Hyundai has released the first official pictures of its new ix35 in production form.
The ix35 was first unveiled as the ix-onic concept at the Geneva motor show in March and it will replace the outgoing Tucson. It will be officially launched at the Frankfurt motor show.
Hyundai says the car has its new ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language, and a source told Autocar it is being pitched as a stylish and spacious C-segment alternative to the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, as well as larger rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai.
The European-spec ix35 has different styling to the Korean model. Changes include new front fog lights, more dramatic headlights and higher levels of chrome detailing. LED lights are also expected to feature on the rear.
The ix35 offers a glimpse of the styling of future Hyundai models, too. The hexagonal grille and more striking front end will be used on future models and will form part of the firm’s new design language.