The cost of entry into Hyundai's i45 midsize sedan range has fallen $2600, thanks to the introduction this week of a new smaller engine to the line-up.
The new powertrain, a 2.0 litre MPI (multi-point injection) four-cylinder petrol engine, produces 121kW and 198Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is listed at 7.9 l/100km in manual form, and 7.6 l/100km for the auto.
By contrast, the existing 2.4 litre petrol engine develops 148kW and 250Nm of torque, using 7.9 l/100km in automatic form. Fuel consumption for the outgoing manual 2.4 is listed at 8.0 l/100km.
Available in entry i45 Active trim only, the addition of the 2.0 litre variant makes the i45 one of the most affordable offerings in the medium sedan segment.
Prices for the 2.0 litre i45 Active begin at $26,990 with the six-speed manual transmission, and $28,590 for the six-speed automatic. Both prices exclude on-road costs.
With the introduction of the new engine, Hyundai has culled the 2.4 manual variant from the Active range, leaving the larger engine for the automatic variants - including the Active, Elite and Premium.
Changes for the 2.0 litre model include smaller brakes discs, front discs dropping from 300mm to 280mm, and 262mm at the rear - down from 284mm.
Safety equipment remains otherwise unchanged, with electronic stability control, ABS and electronic brake-force distribution fitted as standard.
The i45 has been a relative sales success for Hyundai in Australia, and while the Camry continues to dominate the segment with 1577 sold in April, Hyundai sold 405 for the month.
Ford rounded out the top three with 400 Mondeo sales (a range that includes wagon and diesel options).
- 2011 Hyundai i45 - 2.0 Active six-speed manual - $26,990
- 2011 Hyundai i45 - 2.0 Active six-speed automatic - $28,590
- 2011 Hyundai i45 - 2.4 Active six-speed automatic - $31,090
- 2011 Hyundai i45 - 2.4 Elite six-speed automatic - $34,990
- 2011 Hyundai i45 - 2.4 Premium six-speed automatic - $37,490
Note: all prices are Manufacturer's List Price and do not include delivery or on-road costs.