Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hyundai i40 Sedan and Tourer launched in Malaysia – duo priced and positioned above the Sonata


At 4,740 mm long and with a 2,770 mm wheelbase, the i40 Sedan is slightly smaller than the Sonata (length and wheelbase shorter by 50 mm and 25 mm respectively), though both are in the same segment.
Hyundai i40 Sedan-24
Put simply, the Sonata is Hyundai’s ‘midsize’ answer to the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord in America, while the i40 is predominantly marketed in Europe against cars like the VW Passat, Toyota Avensis and Honda Accord Euro, which are all more compact.
It’s still a roomy car though, and the boot of the Sedan can take in 505 litres, plus 20 litres of underfloor space. The wagon-bodied Tourer can hold 553 litres, expandable to 1,719 litres with the rear seats folded. The Tourer’s tailgate is powered, no strength needed to operate.
The i40 launch also sees the Malaysian debut of Hyundai’s 2.0 litre GDI engine. The Koreans (both Hyundai and Kia) were apprehensive about bringing in the naturally-aspirated Gasoline Direct Injection unit due to our country’s lower quality Euro 2 fuel, but it looks like tests have been done and issues, if any, have been resolved.
Hyundai i40 Tourer-9

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