Mike Stevens | Jul 24, 2012

Hyundai's updated-for-2013 ix35 has been spied testing without a shred of camouflage this week.

Obtained by Korean website Bobaedream, these images reveal a new grille and bumper that brings the small SUV in-line with the brand-new 2013 Santa Fe.

It's unclear at this stage if the 2013 ix35 will benefit from any major tweaks at the rear end, although new tail-lights and a new bumper could be on the cards.

Technical details for the updated ix35 have not been revealed, although we can likely look forward to a production version of the Hydrogen-powered ix35 FCEV.

The new Santa Fe has also been spied testing in Australia; the camouflaged new model was caught in a Sydney car park this week by an intrepid TMR reader.

It's likely that this black-clad car forms part of Hyundai's testing for the new SUV's localised tuning program.

Since the debut of the new Elantra, Hyundai's local arm has put all new models through an Australian suspension-tuning programme.

Engineers from both Korea and Hyundai Australia have worked with local consulants and specialist-suspension outfit SACHS in adapting the suspension tuning and chassis balance for Australian roads.

The all-new 2013 Santa Fe is expected to make its Australian debut later this year, following its unveiling at April's New York Auto Show.


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