Paul Daryaei snapped the bronze-coloured ix35 in northwest Sydney, recognising the subtle exterior tweaks that distinguish the facelifted model.
As previously reported, the styling of the updated Hyundai ix35 headed to Australia will align closely with that of the European version that debuted at the Geneva motor show in March, rather than the more aggressively styled Korean-only version that surfaced in May.
Frosted eyebrows line the upper edges of the headlights that now also feature a row of LED daytime running lights that flow along their lower borders.
The tail-lights also get the LED treatment, with red brake lights encircling white lamps in the redesigned clusters.
While not visible in these shots, the cabin benefits from the use of higher quality plastics and other materials and the introduction of a new TFT instrument cluster display.
Hyundai Australia will continue to source the ix35 both from South Korea and the Czech Republic following the introduction of the mid-life update, ensuring some minor specification and styling differences in the upgraded line-up.
The update will bring with it the Korean brand’s ‘Nu’ 2.0-litre direct-injection petrol engine, which promises greater power and improved efficiency over the ‘Theta-II’ engine it replaces.
Performance data for the local version of the new engine is yet to be confirmed, though it will either match or compare closely to its 130kW/213Nm output in the mid-sized Hyundai i40.
The new 2.0-litre is likely to be offered beneath the existing 2.4-litre petrol, while an upgraded version of the 2.0-litre R-Series diesel engine, with low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation and other “clean technology” enhancements, will also feature locally.
The new ix35 also adopts Hyundai’s three-mode Flex Steer system – also available in the i30 and Santa Fe – that allows drivers to select between Comfort, Normal and Sport steering settings.
It is understood the updated ix35 has been the subject of a comprehensive retuning program by Hyundai Australia that will bring revisions to its suspension and steering intended to better suit local conditions.
Full specifications and pricing details will be revealed closer to the launch of the upgraded Hyundai ix35 in the coming weeks.