Hyundai iX35: Tucson's Replacement Caught Completely Undisguised!

New photographs of the Hyundai iX35 that is set to replace the Tucson have made their way into the webosphere. And unlike previous spy shots that showed the vehicle under heavy camouflage, this time the iX35 has been captured completely undisguised finally revealing the styling bound for Hyundai's new compact SUV. While the production car is less dramatic than the ix-onic concept shown in Geneva earlier this year, the iX35 looks a great deal more attractive and distinct than the current Tucson.

On the outside, the most noticeable changes over the concept concern the more conventional styling of the iX35's rear end. However, overall, it appears that Hyundai's designers remained faithful to the original concept.

As for the interior, we only have one shot of the instrument cluster that features a pair of deeply set gauges - just like the ix-onic.

The new iX35 (we're not sure yet if Hyundai will adopt the same alphanumeric naming system for the North American model), shares its underpinnings with the next-generation Kia Sportage which is also under development.

Hyundai's RAV-4 challenger will be offered with the option of front- or all-wheel drive while the engine line-up is said to include two newly developed 1.6-liter gasoline engines with direct injection delivering 140 HP (naturally aspirated) and 175 HP (turbocharged) as well as a new 2.0-liter diesel with 184 horsepower.

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