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by Tim Beissmann

Update: Read our Hyundai ix35 review.

Hyundai has revealed its all-new Hyundai ix35 compact SUV today with three new engines including a diesel option, a new six-speed automatic transmission and a host of other 2010 upgrades.

Designed in Germany and inspired by the concept of an “urban nomad”, the new ix35 is set to replace the Tucson and introduces Hyundai’s new “Fluidic Sculpture” architectural language to Australia.

Three engine variants are available across three models in the new line-up.

The entry level ix35 Active 2WD is equipped with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which produces 122kW and 197Nm of torque. As the only model to offer the tried-and-tested five-speed manual and the new six-speed automatic, the Active uses a combined 8.5-litres/100km and emits 201g/km CO2 (203 auto).

Next up is the 130kW/227Nm 2.4-litre petrol engine which, combined with all-wheel drive and the six-speed auto, uses 9.2 litres/100km combined and emits 219g/km CO2. It is available only in the mid-spec ix35 Elite.

At the top sits the all-new 2.0-litre R-series turbo-Diesel engine which can be ordered in both Elite and Highlander trims. Costing Hyundai AUD$227 million to develop, it creates 135kW and a mighty 392Nm of torque, while easily outperforming the less-powerful petrol engines for efficiency (7.5 litres/100km) and CO2 emissions (198g/km).

All three models have a 55-litre fuel tank and a 750kg unbraked/1600kg braked towing capacity.

Inside, all three score steering wheel-operated cruise and audio controls, six-way electric driver’s seat with electric lumbar support, second row armrest with dual cupholders and 17 other storage areas.

All models are well-equipped, but the Highlander gets the lion’s share of the features with dual-zone climate control, six-stack CD player, rear view camera, panoramic glass roof, all-leather seating with heated front seats and 18in alloys with a full size spare.

Safety is adequate with ABS, EBD and stability and traction control standard across the range, while hill-start assist and downhill brake control have also been made available. Six airbags are also standard throughout the range.

The all-new 2010 Hyundai ix35 is on sale from Monday, February 15 for the following manufacturer’s list prices (includes GST, excludes dealer delivery and statutory charges):

  • Active – $26,990 ($28,990 auto)
  • Elite – $31,990 ($34,990 diesel)
  • Highlander – $37,990


Check back tomorrow for CarAdvice’s full review of the 2010 Hyundai ix35.