Hyundai ix35 to Hit Australia in Early 2010

South Korean manufacturer Hyundai is examining the best date for the new ix35 to be released in Australia, as the avalanche of new models to go Down Under poses difficulties for the carmaker. According to GoAuto, Hyundai may go for the launch of the ix35, i20 and the Sonata replacement in the first quarter of 2010.

In theory we could launch all three of those cars in the first quarter,” Kevin McCann, Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) sales chief was quoted as saying by the source.

We’re debating that at the moment, but we have to decide whether it’s better to have this huge launch activity with heaps of critical mass and all the associated issues… or just spread it out over a few months and have something to say more consistently.

Price wise, the new ix35 will be more expensive than the current Tucson, which is over the AU$25,490 threshold.

The actual list price won’t be as low as it is today but the additional price will be more than compensated for by the additional equipment as standard, which will represent outstanding value for money,” McCann added.

The ix35, showcased at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, is being offered on international markets with a choice of both diesel and petrol versions. The diesel versions are based on the new R 2.0l unit developing either 184 horsepower and 392 Nm of torque or 136 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque; the ix35 also comes equipped with a 1.7l, 115 horsepower diesel unit.

Petrol lovers can get in either a 2.0l unit (163 horsepower and 197 Nm of torque), or the Gamma 1.6l GDI (140 horsepower and 167 Nm of torque).
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