The production line of Beijing Hyundai is expected to roll off Hyundai Motor's high-class car i50, code-named YF, at the end of the year and will be introduced in China very soon, according to some media reports. This follows the arrival of the i30 and the ix35 models.
The i50 model that will be built in China by Hyundai's local venture is believed to be powered by a 2.0L MPI (multi-point injection) engine with a maximum power of 165ps/6200rpm and a peak torque of 202Nm/4600rpm, and a 2.4L GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine with a maximum power of 201ps/6300rpm and a peak torque of 255Nm/4250rpm.
Both engines match a 6-speed automatic versus manual transmission (AMT). Reports also indicate that the Hyundai i50 model went on sale in Korea in September 2009 and will soon be sold in Europe and America.
Last April, the foreign version of the i50 was showcased at the 2010 Beijing Auto show. It is believed that Hyundai Motor looked at conditions in the Chinese auto market when designing the i50 model.
That is why few changes will be made to the exterior and the interior, and only a slight change in cabinet color is being planned.
Beijing Hyundai aims to set up a brand image of high-end sports car with the new model launch. The i50 model will be sold for around 180,000 yuan ($26,300), comparable to the existing Camry and the Accord models, in the China market.