While they are finding homes for around 700 units a month, Hyundai's marketing boss Oliver Mann is certain they could move 1000 but for supply limitations. To make the 2011 ix35 range even more attractive, the baby SUV has been awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating. As well as the SUV's existing safety features of electronic stability control, traction control, ABS brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, hill-start assist and downhill brake control, rear parking sensors are now standard across the range.
The ix35's steering system has been revised for added efficiency and feel and its power assistance now comes via what Hyundai calls its MDPS or motor-driven power steering and the car's steering column is now telescopic as well as reach-adjustable to allow the driver to dial up the perfect driving position. In another change, the Active model's electrically operated driver's seat has been dropped.
AWD ix35's are now fitted with amplitude selective dampers and Hyundai says the result is enhanced handling control and automatic adjustment to road conditions to cut ride-impact harshness. NVH has been improved across the range through the addition of extra sound deadening materials and privacy glass is now standard for the top-spec Highlander model.
The entry-level 2WD two-litre petrol five-speed manual ix35 Active's pricing remains unchanged at $26,990, as does the $28,990 price tag for the six-speed automatic version.
The 2.4-litre petrol AWD Elite automatic's price has risen $500 to $32,490 and the Two-litre AWD turbo-diesel is also $500 dearer at $35,490.
The new AWD two-litre petrol Highlander automatic has been launched at $35,490 and the range-topping Highlander turbo-diesel automatic's price has risen $500 to $38,490.
All pricing is exclusive of dealer delivery or statutory charges and
the optional metallic/mica paint adds $375 - as rise of $55.