When we bid farewell to the Tuscon, the ix35 filled its shoes easily and has enjoyed great success on the South African market since its introduction. The South Korean market, however, is still hanging on to the Tuscon nameplate, and it turns out that the “Tuscon ix” sold there is a slightly different beast than what we see on our roads.
An ix35 facelift was seen at the Geneva Motor show this year, but the Tuscon ix is to have pre-facelift body features like the old grill, but with a chromed up nose much like that on the new Santa Fe. The Tuscon ix also has LED daytime running lights, new foglamps, wheels, tail lamps and a “Flex Steer” driving system with Normal, Comfort and Sport modes. The 2.0 litre petrol engine with 122kW (164hp) and 2.0 litre turbo-diesel pushing out 136kW (182hp) will be shared with the Tuschon ix, due to replace the current South Korean model soon.