When Hyundai introduced the new generation Tucson in China in 2015, it kept the ix35 in production alongside its successor. In 2017 this model was renewed and updated and continues to be sold as a budget alternative to the Tucson. 2017 sales of the outgoing model were 19.887 and November & December 2017 sales of the new version were 14.474. Also find Hyundai Tucson US sales figures and Hyundai ix35 sales figures in Europe.
Hyundai ix35 Overview
The Hyundai ix35, known as the Hyundai Tucson in many markets, is a compact crossover SUV produced by the South Korean automaker Hyundai. It is named after the city of Tucson, Arizona, but the “ix35” nameplate was used in certain markets, notably Europe, to align with Hyundai’s ‘i’ naming strategy at that time. The compact crossover SUV was introduced in 2009 and was renamed Tucson in 2015.
The ix35 played a key role in Hyundai’s rapid growth in the late 2000s and early 2010s, especially in Europe. It was positioned in the hotly contested compact SUV segment and competed with models from established European and Japanese marques. Its combination of value, features, and design helped Hyundai establish a stronger foothold in markets where the brand was looking to grow and shed its image as just a budget alternative.
The ix35 was available with a choice of three engines: a 2.0L four-cylinder gasoline engine, a 2.4L four-cylinder gasoline engine, and a 2.0L diesel engine. The gasoline engines produced 143 horsepower and 161 lb-ft of torque, 176 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, respectively, while the diesel engine produced 134 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. The ix35 was available with a choice of two transmissions: a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic transmission. The ix35 was known for its fuel efficiency. The gasoline engines got an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, and the diesel engine got an EPA-estimated 29 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.
The ix35 was available in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and Limited. The SE trim is the base trim and came standard with features like a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a rearview camera, and six speakers. The SEL trim adds features like an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a blind spot monitoring system, and rear cross traffic alert. The Limited trim is the top trim and adds features like a panoramic sunroof, a leather interior, and a heated steering wheel.
After the second generation, Hyundai reverted to using the Tucson name globally for its successor, dropping the ix35 nameplate. This was part of Hyundai’s broader strategy of streamlining its vehicle naming convention and building on the goodwill and recognition the Tucson name had garnered globally.