Hyundai’s midsized i40 for 2015 has been revealed this week, with both sedan and wagon picking up new styling and updated features.
The big news however is a shift from the current six-speed automatic transmission to a new seven-speed dual-clutch unit.
A six-speed manual is also available to overseas buyers, but Hyundai’s local arm deleted all manual i40 models from its range earlier in the year.
The 1.7 litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine producing 100kW and 320Nm remains for overseas buyers, as seen in the outgoing model.
Australian customers will likely continue to be offered the 131kW/214Nm 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol-powered engine as well, but Hyundai is yet to confirm this.
Front styling now includes Hyundai’s latest corporate ‘face’, with an updated grille, headlights and daytime running lights.
There’s new LED front fog lamps with a similar appearance to those of the larger Genesis model, and both 16- and 18-inch alloy wheels will be offered in new styles.
On the inside, two new audio systems will be available to buyers and the touchscreen has been updated.
The i40 also gets a new speed limit display light in the instrument cluster, as the updated model will be able to ‘read’ road signs.
A new version of Hyundai’s Advanced Traction Cornering Control is fitted, which the carmaker says improves grip and handling while the i40’s drive train ‘acts’ like a limited-slip differential.
The i40 Tourer (wagon) is set to gain Rear Electronic Damping Control - similar to the Genesis - which is selectable via a switch in the cabin.
Hyundai is yet to confirm features and pricing for the 2015 i40 sedan and wagon in the Australian market, but expect to see it in local showrooms in the first half of next year.
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