The Hyundai ix35 is a compact crossover SUV manufactured and marketed by Beijing Hyundai's car manufacturer. For the first time, Hyundai used the ix35 brand for its second-generation Tucson crossover vehicle outside of South Korea and North America in 2009. As of 2015, when they released the third-generation Tucson, the car was once again referred to as the Tucson. In China, Beijing Hyundai decided to keep the ix35 as a separate model because of the tremendous demand it has received there. Thus, the Tucson and ix35 crossovers were available in the same market.
History of the Hyundai ix35
Hyundai ix35 First Generation (LM; 2010–2017)
China's first-generation Hyundai ix35 (commonly known as the LM model) was launched in April 2010 and was identical to its European counterpart (introduced at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show). South Korea's facelift variant was unveiled in August 2013, although it differed from other regions of the world's version. Post-facelift first-generation ix35 pricing in China ranges from 149,000 to 222,000 yuan.
Hyundai ix35 Second Generation (NU; 2017–Present)
The Hyundai ix35 II was unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show and sold in China during the third quarter of that year. An extra 130-horsepower turbocharged version of the 2.0L engine is available as an option for the new Hyundai ix35 II. The first-generation Hyundai Tucson was replaced by the third-generation Hyundai Tucson in overseas markets. The second-generation uses the ix35 designation in other countries. The available engine for this generation is a 2.0-liter Nu I4 (petrol) with two available transmissions: a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic. 2018 saw sales of 139,659 units, while 2019 saw 131,894 units shipped. However, just 31,710 units have been sold in the first seven months of 2020.
Beijing Hyundai retails the Hyundai ix35 with a starting price of 149,800 yuan for the base model and goes up to 222,800 yuan for the top-spec model in the Chinese market.
Because it's a compact SUV, the ix35 has limited space for adults' legs and no back air vents. However, there's plenty of headroom. There are longer front windows, but shorter back windows make this automobile better suited to families with young children. This provides it a fashionable appearance from the outside but obstructs tiny children's field of vision. Two belts are required since the roof pulls out the center rear seatbelt. Even though it's a little short, the trunk has a big opening, and the rear seat is split-fold in a 60/40 arrangement. The extreme right-hand corner of the trunk also houses a tiny binnacle for storing items. It's a nice feature to have a retractable hook behind the back seats for a grocery bag or two. Pockets on all four doors give additional storage space, with the front ones being large enough to fit a large bottle of water.
Standard Features of the Hyundai ix35
- Rear Parking Sensors
- Cruise Control
- A Touchscreen
- Bluetooth Connectivity
- Roof Rails
- Electronic Stability Control
- Six Airbags
- A Full-Sized Spare Tire
- 17-Inch Steel Wheels
- Plastic Wheel Covers
- Aluminium Alloy Wheels
- Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
- Hang-up Buttons
- Reverse Camera
- A 7.0-Inch Colour Touchscreen
- Automatic Headlamps
- Dual-Zone Air-Conditioning
- Faux Leather (Active Model's Cloth)
- Smart Key Entry
- 18-Inch Wheels
- Full Leather-Look Trim
- Electronics Exterior Mirrors
- Heated Front Seats
- Tinted Windows
With 770,000 unit sales since its initial release in 2010, it is one of Beijing Hyundai's best-selling vehicles. Designed for married male drivers in their early to mid-30s, the new model comes at a sensible price point and delivers consistent performance.