Thanks to Jonathan, an eagle eyed AUSmotive reader, for sending in this spy shot of the yet to be released Hyundai ix35. The photo was taken in Sydney’s CBD and, looking at the car alongside fitted with camera rigs, it appears the ix35 SUV was being filmed for a television commercial or some promo footage. Click on the image above for a 1200px version.
The Hyundai ix35 is due for release at the upcoming IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September and, until now, has only been spotted in deep camouflage or as a computer generated artist’s impression. The lower grille treatment and fog light detail seem to be the major differences from the predicted image published on the Hyundai Blog in July.
Looking to establish a more recognisable family face this photo represents one of the first undisguised looks at a production-ready example of Hyundai’s new hexagonal grille treatment.
Hyundai’s first teaser for the new Tucson replacement was given earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show with the release of the ix-onic concept. Courtesy of autoblog you can see a a YouTube clip below featuring the Hyundai designers talking about the ix-onic.
It is believed the ix35 will be powered by a mix of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. The ix35 should also be one of the first cars from Hyundai to feature their new double clutch six speed transmission. The ix35, then, represents a bold move forward for Hyundai with big strides in both exterior design and mechanical technology.
For Australian readers, it is understood the car will go on sale here some time in 2010. Keep an eye out in the lead up to Frankfurt for more details.