LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN: The new 1.7 Premium, powered a new four-cylinder turbodiesel unit, expands the local ix35 range to seven derivatives. Image: Hyundai
CAPE TOWN - Hyundai has added a turbodiesel derivative to its popular ix35 SUV range in South Africa. It's a 1.7 Premium unit equipped with an 85kW/260Nm four-cylinder turbodiesel (1685cc) which expands its local range to seven derivatives.
The diesel unit turns "an improved" six-speed manual gearbox that sends the power on to the front wheels while burning 6.5 litres/100km and emitting 139g/km of CO2 (claimed figures).
'MORE AFFORDABLE PRICE'
The new ix35 1.7 Premium retains Hyundai’s "fluidic sculpture" design now found across its models, such as its hexagonal, black grille with chromed styling. The front and rear bumpers (which house fog lights as standard on the 1.7 Premium) and external mirrors match the body colour and the whole runs on gunmetal-grey 17” alloy rims.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Hyundai ix35 1.7 Premium
Stanley Anderson, Hyundai Automotive SA's marketing manager, told Wheels24: "The ix35 has been one of the strongest pillars in our vehicle range and when we were given the opportunity to bring in the 1.7 Premium turbodiesel there was no hesitation.
“We expect this derivative to appeal to SUV buyers looking for the benefit of a frugal turbodiesel engine but at a more affordable price and with a specification level that still offers the luxury driving experience that made the ix35 a top seller for us."
The 1.7 Premium's seats are covered with a combination of cloth and leather, the air vents are finished with a silver-ring and the windscreen has a shade band. Hyundai claims its 1.7 Premium has 19 storage places and drinks/cup holders.
The new 1.7 Premium is equipped with a 160W AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers and accessed via a 10cm colour touch-screen. This system includes and auxiliary, USB and Bluetooth connections.
Hyundai reports its ix35 achieved a five-star rating in the European new car assessment programme (Euro NCAP) in a 2010 crash test (which would have been the previous model).
In terms of safety, the ix35 is equipped with
• Front, side and curtain airbags
• Height-adjustable head restraints
• Disc brakes
• Anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution
• Steel unibody with crumple zones
• Guard beams on all four doors
• A body made 69% of ultra high-tensile steel
• Three-point seat belts on all seats
• Front belt pre-tensioners and load limiters
• Child-seat anchors.
The ix35 is sold with a five-year or 150 000km warranty, five-year or 90 000km service plan and five-year or 150 000km roadside assistance.
2.0 NU Premium six-speed manual (petrol) - R324 900
2.0 NU Premium six-speed auto (petrol) - R339 900
2.0 NU Executive six-speed manual (petrol) - R359 900
2.0 NU Elite six-speed auto (petrol) - R385 400
1.7 Premium six-speed manual (turbodiesel) - R359 900
R2.0 Elite six-speed manual (turbodiesel) - R409 900
R2.0 Elite six-speed auto (turbodiesel) - R469 900