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Spy Video: 2016 Hyundai ix35 Testing at the Nurburgring

This is our first spy video showing the next generation compact SUV from Hyundai. A replacement for the ix35 and Tucson is planned to arrive in early 2016 and could mark a huge improvement in design for the Korean car company.
2016 Hyundai ix35 (Tucson) 1 photo
Photo: SB-Medien
Korea, not Hollywood, is the plastic surgery capital of the world. They can turn anybody into a French actress or a Norwegian stud. Not surprisingly, their car redesigns are equally as impressive. For the ix35, squinting eyes and a butch grille will mean masculine looks that appeal to both soccer moms and weekend getaway dads.

We could be looking at an all-LED headlight arrangement here. There are at least two very small beams in the main lights and no fog lights, which is uncommon for a high-spec car unless the headlights can do an extra job.

Even if it's an option, all-LED lights on a normal compact SUV is pretty much a class first. However, Volkswagen and SEAT will also launch new models to compete in this segment, and based on the Golf/Leon, we can safely say they will also have LEDs.

Compact SUV represent on of the biggest and most highly competitive markets in the world. Fortunately for Hyundai, their next-generation ix35/Tucson is backed by strong reputation. Not a lot is known about their next-gen cars, but Hyundai have been secretly working on some new engines over the past year.

Downsizing Is a Possibility

One of them is a small 1.2-liter turbo petrol that can do the job of a 1.6-liter for the European market cars with front-wheel drive. Nissan also offers such an engine on its Qashqai crossover, which can be considered a rival. Diesel options should continue to include updated 1.7 and a 2.2-liter engines that meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standard.

In America, the 2.0-liter GDI DOHC is likely to carry over with the same 6-speed automatic. The 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder will get a slight increase in output from 182 hp to 185 hp, together with a few mpgs being added. Rumors coming from Hyundai USA say we should expect a Sport Turbo model, but we can't tell you if it's the 204 hp 1.6-liter or the 2-liter Theta II making 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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