Geneva 2013: Hyundai

  • Revised ix35 with new petrol engine and additional kit
  • Range topping trim level for i40 saloon and Tourer
  • Hydrogen fuel cell ix35 goes into production

Cars on show 2013 ix35, fuel cell ix35

Following a couple of busy years for the Korean brand, Hyundai has had to delve deeper into its press release bag to rustle up some news for this year’s show.

Revised 2013 ix35

First out is the revised ix35, Hyundai’s most popular model. There’s a new more efficient 2.0-litre petrol engine, plus other engines are tweaked to improve fuel consumption and lower emissions.

The ix35 is also now fitted with the firm’s Flex Steer system, which has three driving modes: normal, sport and comfort. It will allow the driver to alter the amount of feedback and input required to steer the car.

Other new kit includes front parking sensors, heated steering wheel and a new optional 4.2-inch screen to display driver information. Inside the interior has had a spring clean to raise quality levels including illuminated cup holders. Which is nice.

For more info on the ix35 range go here.

New i40 trim level

Hyundai has trumped itself with a new range-topping trim for the i40: the Premium SE. Buyers will get the Comfort, Vision and Assist packages as standard.

That secures you such things as heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated outer rear seats, lane departure warning and tyre pressure warning system.

For more on the i40 range click here.

Ix35 Fuel Cell car

Not a tech showcase or a vision of the future, Hyundai has actually put an ix35 fuel cell car into production.

It is claimed to have a top speed of nearly a 100mph and a range of 370 miles.

The plan is to manufacturer 1,000 of these cars by 2015, with the majority of them going to fleet operators or the public sector. Well, how many hydrogen fuel stations have you seen lately?

Beyond 2015 plan is to ramp up production, so that should give time for those hydrogen fuel service stations to be built.