A rival for the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti, this model appears to be in the early stages of development, meaning it's not likely to be seen in final production form until late next year.
This mule was spotted on the roads around the Nürburgring as well as on the circuit itself, where, like many manufacturers, Hyundai has a technical development centre. While the model wears heavy camouflage, it can be seen that the the new ix35 will take a radical styling departure from the current model, which was launched in second-generation form in 2009.
While it looks like the third-generation model will keep Hyundai's six-bar grille, the rest of the front end appears to take its styling cues from the recent ix25 concept, which previews a new compact SUV. The ix25 features a more SUV-like appearance, but its wraparound lights and tapering window line are expected to be repeated on the new ix35. A new twin exhaust can also be seen at the rear.