Even-sharper looks, more equipment, better dynamics for Hyundai’s head-turning i40 twins

Style-leading i40 Series II Sedan and Tourer raises the bar in the medium-car class
New technology features augment already-impressive equipment lists
7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) matched to more potent and economical diesel engine
New grille, projector-beam headlights, tail-lights and LED fog-flights add elegance
Rear-view camera and 4.3-inch touchscreen now standard
Ride, handling and steering tuned for Australian conditions by Hyundai’s local chassis development team

5 June 2015 – Hyundai has substantially reinvigorated its ultra-stylish, roomy and luxurious i40 Sedan and Tourer range. Importantly, i40 Series II diesel Sedans and Tourers now come standard with Hyundai’s impressive, all-new 7-speed dual-clutch (DCT) automatic transmission.

 

Already considered a style leader in the mid-size family car class, i40 Series II also brings significant styling changes ranging from its more aggressive new grille and projector-beam headlights/LED Daytime Running Lights to its stylish new tail-lights.

 

i40 Series II Model Range:

 

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CHASSIS AND STEERING

In keeping with other recent Series II upgrades in Hyundai’s passenger vehicle and SUV line-up i40 Series II has adopted more advanced 32-bit motor-driven power steering (MDPS), replacing the previous 16-bit system.

 

Adoption of the new MDPS system also enabled Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s highly regarded local chassis development team to revisit the i40’s suspension, ride and handling.

 

Under the leadership of the General Manager Product Engineering, Hee Loong Wong (aka 'Wongy'), the team worked to capitalise on the new steering system by matching it with various combinations of springs, dampers and stabiliser bars. 30 separate suspension combinations were exhaustively tested by wide-ranging on-road evaluations and via computer modelling.

 

“We eventually settled on a combination which used a smaller front stabiliser bar to help deliver better road feedback and steering feel,” Mr Wong said. “At the same time we were able to improve the ride of both Sedan and Tourer i40 Series II variants over undulating surfaces and handling on challenging surfaces, including those with mid-corner bumps.”

 

Suspension tuning facts:

  • 30 separate suspension combinations evaluated

  • 21 front dampers built and tested

  • 13 rear dampers built and tested

  • 2 front sway bars tested

  • Tests conducted in on 16” and 18” wheels & tyres

  • Tests conducted on diesel and petrol variants

 

EXTERIOR

 

Hyundai i40 Series II’s front bumper has been resculpted and is topped with a revised, Veloster-like grille featuring matte-black horizontal slats and contrasting chrome inserts. The new grille also features an elegant U-shaped chrome surround.

 

Also immediately obvious are i40 Series II’s new projector-beam headlight units mounted in blacked-out headlight housings. The headlight units incorporate a redesigned LED strip for the daytime running lights. i40’s Series II’s LED tail-lights also have been restyled.

 

On i40 Series II Premium variants new LED fog-lights integrating a strip of five individual LED lighting elements replace the previous incandescent lights.

 

All i40 Series II variants boast stylishly redesigned alloy wheels. The twin-spoke-design 16-inch wheels on i40 Series II Active variants are finished in silver. The 17-inch wheels on Premium variants use a different, machined-face twin-spoke design with dark grey painted inserts.

 

All i40 Series II variants come standard with a rear-view camera. When the car is being reversed, the rearward image is displayed in the in-dash multimedia screen. The camera augments the i40 Series II’s standard front and rear parking sensors, helping eliminate dangerous blind spots while reversing.

 

INTERIOR

 

Inside, i40 Series II has also received important new upgrades to an interior. The previous dot matrix audio system has been replaced with a new 4.3-inch touchscreen system offering a more intuitive user experience while contributing to a more modern cabin ambience. In addition to the existing

AM/FM radio, CD-player, USB/AUX inputs and MP3 compatibility, the upgraded system now offers digital iPod connectivity (previously analogue), as well as a sophisticated media ripping/storage facility.

 

A convenient rear armrest storage box with flip-up cover now gives i40 Series II rear-seat passengers yet another clever storage option.

 

DRIVETRAIN

 

The i40 Series II range is available with either Hyundai’s Nu 2.0 GDi petrol engine (Tourer variants only), or U-II 1.7 CRDi diesel (all variants).

 

Exclusive to the Tourer body style, the Nu 2.0 GDi petrol engine has been revised to improve low-end torque, delivering better off-the-line acceleration and real-world performance. Maximum power is 121kW at 6200rpm and maximum torque is 203Nm at 4700rpm.

 

In i40 Series II the Nu 2.0 engine is mated to Hyundai’s own slick-shifting six-speed automatic.

 

In petrol-engined i40 Series II Tourer Premium variants fuel consumption has been improved by three percent to 7.5L/100km.

 

For i40 Series II, the U-II 1.7 CRDi diesel engine now combines with Hyundai’s all-new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). The new DCT replaces the six-speed automatic previously found in diesel-engined i40s. This new powertrain combination offers substantially improved

performance, driveability and fuel economy (now 5.1L/100km, down from 5.6L/100km).

 

Power output for the 1.7-litre CRDi engine has increased from 100kW to 104kW at 4000rpm. Peak torque has jumped from 320Nm to 340Nm at 1750-2500rpm.

 

KEY SPECIFICATIONS

 

i40 ACTIVE

 

9 airbags (driver & front passenger, driver & front passenger side (thorax), rear outboard side (thorax), full- length curtains, driver’s knee)

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including: Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BAS), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
Automatic dusk-sensing headlights
Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
Front and rear parking assist system (8 sensors)
Rear-view camera (NEW)
16-inch alloy wheels with 205/60 R16 tyres
Keyless entry with burglar alarm
4.3-inch touchscreen audio system with CD player, MP3 capability, 6 speakers, media ripping/storage (NEW)
AUX/USB audio input with digital iPod® compatibility
Bluetooth connectivity (hands-free phone & audio streaming)
Steering wheel-mounted audio and phone controls
Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls and speed-limiter function
Electronic Park Brake (EPB)
Front and rear power windows with one-touch window up/down function on driver’s window
Heated exterior mirrors
Height-adjustable driver’s seat
One-touch turn signal operation
Premium gearknob and steering wheel
Steering wheel-mounted paddleshifters
Tilt and telescopic steering column
Trip computer
Cloth interior
LED high-mount stop light
Manual air-conditioning with rear centre console cooling/heating ducts
60:40 split folding rear seats
Cargo blind and safety barrier net (Tourer only)
Roof rails (Tourer only)

 

i40 PREMIUM


Key specifications above Active:

17-inch alloy wheels with 215/50 R17 tyres
LED front fog-lights
7-inch touchscreen satellite-navigation system with CD player, MP3 capability, external amplifier, seven speakers, 3 years’ HERE MapCare ™
Dual-zone climate control with automatic windscreen defog function
Electrochromatic (auto-dimming) interior mirror
Electrically adjusted driver’s seat
Heated front seats
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
One-touch up/down function on all windows
Panoramic glass sunroof
Proximity smart key with push button start
Rain-sensing wipers
Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS)
Solar glass with tinted rear privacy glass
4.2-inch TFT LCD colour display in instruments Supervision cluster
Alloy pedals
Alloy-look interior doorhandles
Brushed aluminium-effect dashboard/door inserts
Luggage net
Chrome inserts in exterior doorhandles
Leather appointed seats
Luggage rail (Tourer only)
Power tailgate (open and close) (Tourer only)
Smart tailgate (hands-free opening) (Tourer only)

PRICING

Body Style

Engine

Transmission

Active

Premium

Sedan

1.7 CRDi Diesel

7 Speed DCT

$33,090

$41,990

Tourer

2.0 GDi Petrol

6 Speed Automatic

$32,490

$41,390

1.7 CRDi Diesel

7 Speed DCT

$35,090

$43,990

 

 

All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price. Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs.

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