Previously only available with the brand’s R-Series turbo-diesel engine, the Highlander all-wheel drive is now available with the 2.4-litre four-cylinder Theta II petrol unit.
Like the mid-spec Elite model, the petrol-powered Highlander produces 130kW and 227Nm of torque. Combined cycle fuel consumption is 9.2 litres/100km and CO2
emissions average 219g/km.
The Highlander model line is equipped with a reversing camera (screen mounted in rear-view mirror), panoramic glass roof, full iPod integration, dual-zone climate control and proximity smart key with push-button start.
Standard safety features include electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD, downhill brake control, hill-start assist, dusk-sensing headlights and rear-parking sensors.
Hyundai Australia director of marketing, Oliver Mann, said the introduction of the petrol-powered Highlander was based on demand, with almost half of all sales enquiries made after the top-spec model.
“The implementation of additional production capacity for European markets means we can increase ix35 supply – and customers are demanding more ix35 Highlanders,” Mr Mann said.
The ix35 was the third-best selling compact SUV in Australia in November (887 sales), behind the Toyota RAV4 (1523) and the Subaru Forester (1200).
Despite being on sale for less than 12 months, the ix35 has been Hyundai’s third-best selling model in 2010 (6598), behind the i30 and the Getz.
The 2011 Hyundai ix35 range is on sale now for the following manufacturer’s list prices (excluding dealer delivery and on road costs):
- 2.0-litre petrol five-speed manual - $26,990 (unchanged from 2010)
- 2.0-litre petrol six-speed automatic - $28,990 (unchanged)
- 2.4-litre petrol six-speed automatic - $32,490 (up $500)
- 2.0-litre diesel six-speed automatic - $35,490 (up $500)
- 2.4-litre petrol six-speed automatic - $35,490
- 2.0-litre diesel six-speed automatic - $38,490 (up $500)