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by Tim Beissmann

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have captured a facelifted version of the Hyundai iMax undergoing testing on public roads in Germany.

The silver prototype wears black camouflage material over its front and rear panels, hiding styling tweaks for the updated iMax people-mover and its commercial van sibling, the iLoad, that are expected to reach Australia in the final quarter of this year.

The 2016 Hyundai iMax features a new grille with two horizontal chrome crossbars, taking a leaf out of the design language applied to the recently facelifted i30 and i40 passenger cars.

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The iMax’s revised front bumper also houses a reshaped lower air intake and new foglights.

Heavy cladding at the rear gives little away about changes down back, though subtle tweaks to the tail-light lenses, tailgate and bumper are also expected.

Black fabric across the dashboard suggests the iMax’s cabin will also get much-needed design revisions.

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The update is believed to be largely cosmetic, with few, if any, changes expected to the vans’ 2.4-litre petrol and 2.5-litre diesel engines and four- and five-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions.

Hyundai is expected to address the models’ lack of cruise control, and is also likely to equip the updated vans with new infotainment systems.

The Hyundai iMax and iLoad launched in Australia in 2008, received a major specification update in 2011 and mechanical upgrades in 2012.

The current iMax is priced from $38,290 to $43,990, while the iLoad costs from $30,990 to $40,990 (all prices before on-road costs).

Click the Photos tab above for more images of the updated Hyundai iMax.




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