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.
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.