Sydney, Australia (Vocus) June 29, 2010
Sleek, stylish, luxurious, affordable and efficient. The latest Hyundai ix range features the Active, the Elite and the Highlander. These compact SUVs incorporate aerodynamic and lightweight features and stand out design. The ix35s are city cruisers that can go the distance on the open road too as the engineering capabilities of the petrol and diesel models are specifically designed with fuel consumption in mind.
The fluid look of the ix35 range includes the iconic Hyundai grille with powerful but fluid contours and sporty features. The ix brand demonstrates city cruisers which are sophisticated and luxurious and run with maximum fuel efficiency.
The 2.0 liter R-series diesel engine comes as standard in the ix35 Highlander and as an option in the Elite. At a cost of AUD$227 million Hyundai have invested in an advanced diesel engine that can rev up to give a peak performance still being fuel conscious. The R-series, the compact SUV for city professionals, includes an automatic turbo charge, but has also demonstrated its fuel efficiency on those long journeys. The fuel consumption was tested by Eco-Adventurer Hans Thonstrup after traveling from Melbourne to Adelaide and back again. The figures came out as only 4.85L/100km. The 2.4 Theta II engine in the Elite model has 16% better fuel economy than the old four-cylinder V6 predecessor.
The modern driver is looking for a car which is economical without driving a hard bargain on too many tank refills. The piezo-electronic injections are accurate and controlled, taking the reigns when it comes to cutting back on eating up fuel. The ix35 includes computerized information for individual trips which outlines when the tank will be empty, the average fuel consumption, the average speed, the elapsed time and instant fuel economy. The information highlights how the precision of optimizing fuel consumption has been brought into all aspects of the ix35's design, particularly with the fuel efficient diesel of the R-series leading the way.
The starter model is the 2.0 litre petrol ix35, named Active, it aims to run better, use less fuel and in turn reduce emissions. By taking from the largest petrol engine programme in the world, Hyundai has incorporated the Theta-II engine. It is also adopted in the 2.4 litre Elite and is light and energy efficient. The oil pump pressure is optimized for both durability and fuel economy. The integrated spoiler and eco efficient power trains form part of the comprehensive energy efficient focus. The ix35 range has automatic transmission fluid which helps reduce maintenance costs. The R-series has a gas recirculation system with a Diesel particulate filter.
Weight-saving features for the Compact SUVs include a serpentine belt with isolation pulley and the use of plastics in the head cover, intake manifold and oil filter housing. Suspension bars at the front and rear also take some of the weight away for a smoother, more fuel efficient ride.
Hyundai are one of few car manufacturers to have designed their own proprietary six speed auto. Part of the design is the layout which makes the ix35 six speed light and compact. The gearbox has three planetary gear sets and a compact torque convertor. These along with the four pinion differentials improve the durability and minimise overall size.
On day to day drives in normal conditions, the AWD models of the ix35 automatically switch to the two front wheels, distributing power so that fuel consumption is kept to a minimum optimization. With the AWD option in both the Elite and the Highlander, the versatility, as well as the efficiency of the ix35 range is highlighted when these city cruisers head for the open road.
For more information on the Hyundai ix35, please visit "http://www.ix35.com.au"