UNDER THE SKIN
WHAT IS IT? The next Hyundai iX35 WHAT’S THE FUSS? Value, quality compact SUV WHEN’S IT HERE? Next year HOW MUCH? From about $28,000 The current iX35 is vastly improved after a program of adaptation to local road conditions that sets the standard for future Hyundais. That will include this, the next take of its compact SUV seen here undergoing handling tests at the Nurburgring. Wonder what the lap time is? Not. This should look radically different from the current car in keeping with the new generation look of the Genesis sedan and iX25. Expect improved versions of current petrol and diesel engines and, overseas at least, fuel-cell technology.
Paul Pottinger Honda could do with this yesterday. Anything to enhance its line-up of anonymous, uncompetitive cars, sales of which are down 35 per cent year to date. The Type-R is seen at — inevitably — the Nürburgring alongside an assortment of other hot hatches. The Honda might very well be competitive with these, its turbocharged (at last) 2.0-litre engine said to realise as much as 230kW. Cop the requisite boy racer body kit, skirts etc. Hectic, eh? The fact Hyundai won’t say a single word about this is the strongest possible suggestion that there’s more to the Veloster Turbo facelift than a lifted face. Carsguide speculates that Hyundai, having shown itself capable of doing a “warm” hatch, might revise the Veloster Turbo as a legit hottie. Certainly it’ll get the new Hyundai look while retaining its charming three-door configuration. Just what the world needs — a “practical” Mini. Sharing much with BMW’s 2 Series Active Tourer — the first front-drive car with a Bimmer badge — the five-door has smaller front doors to accommodate the rear pair and a longer wheelbase. New-generation direct injected turbo four engines will be a feature. But is it strictly a Mini?