Merits of mid-size
Hyundai initiatives aim for happy medium buyers
and net, is $500 cheaper. The Premium models also get a powered tailgate.
Hyundai spokesman Bill Thomas says the i40’s profile in the Australian medium-car segment is a little low but this will change in 2013.
‘‘ We think it is a little bit below people’s radar and we need to shout about it a bit more,’’ he says.
‘‘ Look at the Cruze— it’s bigger than the original Commodore and that’s a class down on the i40. These vehicles are certainly getting bigger. We think the i40 is wellequipped and well-priced and we want to have a crack at that segment,’’ he says.
To the end of October, just over 71,000 medium cars have been sold, accounting for 8 per cent of the total market. That share is significantly ahead of last year at the same point.
Much of that improvement has come from increased Camry sales, representing more than a third of the segment and up by 23 per cent year to date. However, the i40, Kia Optima, Volkswagen’s Jetta, Honda Accord Euro and runout Mazda6 have all contributed to the segment growth.
Segment stalwarts such as the Subaru Liberty, Accord Euro andVWPassat have also shown recent improvement.
Among the other changes to the Hyundai i40 line-up is an upgrade to the Elite and Premium models’ leather trim and satnav, which now uses Navteq maps and SUNA live traffic updates. Images from the rear camera show in the dash-mounted display (not the centre rear vision mirror).
The sedan and Tourer come in Active, Elite and Premium variants, with five-star ANCAP safety ratings. Safety kit includes nine airbags, ABS and stability and traction control.
The two engine options and outputs are unchanged. The 1.7-litre turbo diesel produces 100kW/330Nm (320Nm with the auto) and the 2.0-litre petrol engine makes 131kW/ 214Nm (130kW/213Nm in the wagon). Transmissions are a six-speed automatic (with wheel-mounted paddle shifters) or six-speed manual.
Hyundai’s iCare package has a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty, capped price scheduled servicing for three years and Navteq updates for three years.
Extra oomph: Hyundai is
adding a raft of gear to its i40