UN­DER THE SKIN

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Classified­s Gotcha -

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?

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