Badged Tucson in some markets, the Hyundai ix35 is expected to retain softer styling cues, as the lines surrounding the bonnet and windows of this mule show. The headlights follow the leading edge of the bonnet down towards the grille, which is expected to pick up the sharper-edged grille from the Hyundai Intrado concept recently shown.
A higher beltline than that of the current model sweeps up towards the rear three–quarter window above a rear panel that appears larger than that on the current Hyundai ix35. This may give clue that the next generation Korean SUV will follow the Nissan X-Trail in being larger than the outgoing model, and possibly offering a seven-seat version, allowing the Santa Fe to grow further.
At the rear, the number plate surround appears very low-set, only slightly above a rear bumper that in this particular model has cut-outs for split twin exhausts. On this particular mule, three tail-light bulbs are present - one larger brake light on each outer side flanked by two lights mounted on the tail-gate.
Drivetrain details are scarce at this stage, but the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine currently reserved for Santa Fe, Sonata and Genesis models may find its way to the smaller model.
The Tucson/ix35 will continue to be twinned with the Kia Sportage for its next generation.