Hyundai Motor Australia has just launched the sedan version of the Hyundai i40. Engineered and designed at Hyundai’s technical centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the new i40 Sedan not only continues Hyundai’s signature “fluidic sculpture” design language, but heralds the latest technologies and fuel efficient powerplants.
Available in either a 1.7-litre ‘U-II’ common raid direct injection (CRDi) diesel or a 2.0-litre ‘Nu’ direct injected (GDI) petrol engine, Hyundai promises a major advancement in both economy and performance. The i40 Sedan comes in three trim levels – Active (manual/auto), Elite and Premium (auto only).
The 1.7-litre high output CRDi features a Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT) and an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) cooler. It generates 100kW (134hp/136PS) of power at 4,000rpm and 320Nm (236lb-ft) of torque from 2,000 – 2,500rpm. The Korean brand claims the Active manual achieves a best-in-class combined fuel economy of 4.7l/100km.
The 2.0-litre GDI on the other hand, comes with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), a two-step Variable Induction System (VIS) and an offset crankshaft and roller swing arms incorporating hydraulic lash adjusters. Power is rated at 131kW (176hp/178PS) at 6,500rpm and 214Nm (158lb-ft) of torque at 4,700rpm. Again, in the Active manual, the i40 returns a combined fuel economy of 6.8l/100km.
Amongst the key features of the new i40 Sedan include 5-star ANCAP safety rating, 9 airbags, eight sensors front and rear park assist, LED daytime running lights, speed limiter, 7” touch screen satellite navigation with SUNA traffic updates and 3 year free map updates (Elite and Premium models), heated rear seats (Premium model) and rear view camera (Premium model).
Hyundai Motor Australia has again specifically tuned the i40 Sedan’s ride and handling to suit local driving conditions. Calibration of the car’s suspension and steering systems has been carried out over thousands of kilometres of differing Australian road conditions.
The i40 Sedan is fitted with Sachs Amplitude Selective Dampers (ASD) front and rear, which were optimised by Sachs technicians whilst testing in Australia was undertaken. ASDs deliver a smoother more comfortable ride under cruising conditions, whilst providing superior vehicle dynamics under demanding driving conditions.
The i40 Sedan is on sale now with the following pricing (Australian dollar, excluding on-road costs):
|2.0-litre Nu GDI petrol engine, 6-speed manual|
|1.7-litre U-II CRDi turbo diesel engine, 6-speed manual|
|2.0-litre Nu GDI petrol engine, 6-speed automatic|
|1.7-litre U-II CRDi turbo diesel engine, 6-speed automatic|
|Metallic/mica paint option|