Upcoming Hyundai i40 to get plenty of hi-tech from i-Flow Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

The i40, Hyundai's response to the Ford Mondeo, will benefit from the energy efficiency technology that's prominently displayed in the carmaker‚ radical i-Flow Concept at the Geneva Motor Show.

The concept is equipped with an intelligent grille that controls the amount of air cooling for the engine. The model also has regenerative braking, a thermo-electric generator around the catalyst that provides power for ancillary services and an insulated engine that should keep sufficient heat overnight to restart the next morning at 40deg C.

This means that fuel consumption is greatly reduced due to the frictional effect of cold oil. Hyundai anticipates that these technologies will gradually be added to the i40, which will be available with stop-start from launch.

What we can expect is that the key elements of the design -- the hexagonal grille and the two sweeping lines over the front and rear wheels: will be fitted on the i40 that will be launched in the UK in March 2011 in estate form.

Chief designer Thomas Burkle said that the Hyundai's new design language is inspired by the success of South Korean Samsung, which originally was only making electronics, but is now already challenging Sony.

Burkle said that Hyundai is known for making reliable cars but that emotions have to enter the equation. Six months after the launch of the estate, a saloon, which has "coupe rather than hatchback" styling, will follow.

In addition, Hyundai is thinking about selling both cars in Korea, where the demand for cutting-edge European designs is increasing. The final decision will ultimately depend on the balance of European sales and plant capacity.

If you liked the article, share on:


Login or Create new account to add a comment!


Mitsubishi is now officially part of the Renault-Nissan alliance after Nissan took over the Japanese car company recently. We know a lot has been happening in the car industry, but...
by - October 24, 2016
Driving the newest 2017 BMW 5-Series (G30), Clive Owen (Closer, Children of Men) returns to his role as “The Driver”. In this latest installment, what initially starts as a simple...
by - October 24, 2016
Many had wished that a Lamborghini Huracán Superleggera would somehow make a surprise debut at the recently held Paris Motor Show. Sadly, not a single Lamborghini appeared anywhere in sight....
by - October 24, 2016
Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing teamed up for the first time in creating what looks like one of the most ferocious beasts in history. The British car manufacturer has...
by - October 24, 2016
German premium carmaker Audi is reportedly planning to buy back around 25,000 Audi Q7 SUVs powered by its 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine in the United States. The buyback should compensate...
by - October 24, 2016