Hyundai has announced the debut of the new i40 in March at the Geneva Motor Show. With the new i40, Hyundai will launch the new brand slogan "New Thinking. New Possibilities." The station wagon version will be the first body version to be launched and will be followed by a sedan version later this year.
At the car’s official launch Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe said: "Offering more for less has always been a fundamental principle at Hyundai, and now we are advancing this with our new brand direction under the ‘New Thinking. New Possibilities.’ slogan. The i40 is a perfect example of how we are offering the best and making it accessible to everyone. From stunning design and specification, to industry-leading technology and aftersales care – the i40 sets itself apart from its competitors."
Hit the jump to read more about the 2011 Hyundai i40.
Exterior and Interior
The new Hyundai i40 has been designed and engineered at Hyundai’s R&D headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany and features Hyundai’s usual hexagonal grille, two jewel-like headlamps, and characterful lines that connect the front and rear of the vehicle.
On the interior, the i40 gets heated and reclining front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and an active de-mist system that automatically detects and clears mist on the windscreen.
Under the hood, Hyundai has placed a 140 HP 1.6L GDI engine for the entry level, while the top of the range i40 will feature a 177-hp 2.0L gasoline engine. Diesel version will get a 1.7-liter diesel engine, codenamed ’UII’ that only emits 113 g/km of CO2 – a best-in-class figure that also demonstrates the advances the company is making towards global leadership in eco-technology.
The new Hyundai i40 will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show and will go on sale this summer. Prices will be announced at a later date.
The new Hyundai i40 will take on models like the Volkswagen Passat, the Opel Insignia, and the Ford Mondeo. The Insignia is offered with a range of seven engines. The four gasoline engines range from a four-cylinder 115 hp unit to a V6 with 260 hp. The three new direct-injection diesels feature a displacement of 2.0 liter and outputs spanning from 110 to 160 hp. And if you ask us, this is the first model on our list: it features a more elegant design, while the interior is more luxurious.
The Passat will be offered with a choice of four gasoline engines: a 1.4-liter TSI engine developing 122 HP, a 1.8-liter TSI unit with 160 HP, a 2.0-liter TSI 210 HP engine and a 3.6-liter V6 producing 300 HP. Diesel line-up includes: a 1.6-liter TDI units offered in two versions 105 HP and a 2.0-liter TDI engine offered in two power outputs – 140 HP and 170 HP. The Mondeo gets two new engines: a 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine delivering 240 HP and a new 2.2-liter Ford Duratorq TDCi engine with 200 HP.
Efficient diesel engine
Impressive interior technologies