New Hyundai ix35 spied

13 May, 2014 5:59pm Jordan Bishop

Hyundai's all-new ix35 SUV spied testing under heavy camouflage in Germany ahead of late 2015 debut

This is our first look at the new Hyundai ix35, the third-generation of the brand's Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti-rivalling SUV that’s set to be unveiled late in 2015.

It was spotted undergoing handling tests at the Nurburgring and, although it’s heavily disguised in these images, a radical styling overhaul looks unlikely.

From what we can see, the six-point grille will be carried over, although the slim central bar will make way for a design which more closely resembles the new ix25 compact SUV.

Lower down, the bumper looks set to feature a more pronounced central air intake, while the wraparound headlights will be slimmer and more horizontal.

The Hyundai’s flanks also seem to have received only minor revisions – the high waistline, sculpted panels and full-length body lines are all carried over – but the side sills are less pronounced and the mirrors on this test mule have been trimmed down, too.

Moving to the rear, the 2016 ix35's design is harder to make out, although a new twin exhaust is clearly visible below an apparently chunkier bumper.

Power options will range from petrol engines with between 138bhp and 168bhp to turbocharged diesels with 114bhp to 168bhp, although Hyundai will also offer the ix35 with its new fuel-cell technology.

It’s still early days in the new car’s development and prices will be confirmed nearer to launch, but its likely the SUV will only see a modest increase over the current £16,995 starting price.