Hyundai has updated its van twins for 2016, with the Australian release of the iLoad and iMax Series II.
Each Series II upgrade brings new technology to the model, along with a styling refresh and safety improvements.
The big news is a new seven-inch infotainment touchscreen with Siri Eyes Free (Apple) and Google Now (Android) voice activation, while liftback iMax and iLoad models now score a standard reversing camera. Reversing sensors are also standard on the iMax.
Cruise control is now standard on diesel automatic variants, while driver- and front-passenger-side (thorax) airbags are now standard in both models.
On the style front, each van now gets new bumper designs and a new “deeper colour-coded" grille with chrome surround, along with a tailgate garnish and relocated radio aerial.
Fog lights are now larger on the iMax, and the people-mover also scores a new 16-alloy wheel design and electric folding mirrors.
Besides the touchscreen, the iLoad interior now gets a new 12-volt power outlet below the centre console. The iMax gets a new steering wheel with audio controls and a new gear knob, along with blue switchgear and climate control for front seat passengers.
Rear seat passengers in the iMax have separate, manual air-conditioning controls with roof-mounted vents.
Power options carry-over from 2015, with a choice of four-cylinder 127kW/224Nm petrol or 100kW/343Nm turbo-diesel engines in 2.4 and 2.5 litre capacities respectively. The variable-geometry wastegate turbocharged version of the diesel engine boosts power and torque to 125kW and 441Nm.
The petrol iLoad is matched with a five-speed manual as standard, while the petrol iMax gets a four-speed automatic. Diesel options for both models come with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic, with the variable-geometry wastegate diesel available as an automatic only.
“Although supply-constrained, the iMax and its iLoad sibling continually have been strong performers in Australia,” said Hyundai Australia COO, Scott Grant, said.
“Thanks to their impressive new array of premium high-tech features and with increased local supply now guaranteed, we’re confident our new iMax and iLoad Series II variants will be even more popular with Australian buyers.”
The iMax features eight seats as standard, while the iLoad can be configured with three or six seats and either a liftback tailgate or ‘twin-swing’ barn doors.
The 2016 Hyundai iLoad and iMax are on sale now, with prices starting from $31,990 plus on-road costs.
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2016 HYUNDAI ILOAD AND IMAX
ILOAD VAN (three-seat)
- iLoad Petrol Manual Liftback - $31,990
- iLoad Diesel Manual Liftback - $37,990
- iLoad Diesel Auto Liftback - $40,990
- iLoad Diesel Manual Twin Swing - $38,540
- iLoad Diesel Auto Twin Swing - $41,540
ILOAD CREW VAN (six-seat)
- iLoad Diesel Manual Liftback - $39,990
- iLoad Diesel Auto Liftback - $42,990
- iLoad Diesel Manual Twin Swing - $40,540
- iLoad Diesel Auto Twin Swing - $43,540
- iMax Petrol Auto Liftback - $39,990
- iMax Diesel Manual Liftback - $43,490
- iMax Diesel Auto Liftback - $46,490