The all-new, Europe-specific D-segment model from Hyundai -- the i40 – made its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. Hyundai’s R&D headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany, designed and engineered the i40 to comply with the tough demands of European retail and fleet buyers. At the show, the i40 is in tourer form.
Hyundai hopes that with i40, it is able to make premium quality accessible to everyone, in line with its ‘modern premium’ philosophy. Several features on the i40 are not yet offered on some rival cars, including heated, folding rear seats; an auto-defog system that automatically detects and clears mist on the windscreen; and a heated steering wheel.
In addition, the i40 is indicative of Hyundai’s commitment to global leadership in eco-friendly technology, as its 1.7-litre ‘U-II’ diesel engine emits just 113 g/km of CO2 – a best-in-class figure. The ‘Nu’ 2.0-litre petrol engine also debuted. It offers higher torque for enhanced driveability. It also delivers improved fuel economy, reduced emissions, and it gave greater refinement and durability compared to the outgoing 2.0-litre unit.
Offered as standard on the i40 is the industry-leading Five Year Triple Care assurance package that features a five-year unlimited-mileage warranty, five years’ roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.
Hyundai’s booth also shows the new Veloster, its groundbreaking all-new three-door coupe that makes its European debut. The Veloster has a unique 1+2 door configuration, which includes a rear door on the passenger side for greater usability, allowing safe and easy access to the spacious interior without sacrificing the style and aesthetics of the coupe form.
The 'fluidic sculpture' symbolizes the next phase in the brand’s unique design language -- a detail seen in the Hyundai i40 sedan. This design DNA can be recognized easily through the flowing lines that have clearly been inspired by nature and combined in order to have a dynamic exterior.
It was during the 2009 Geneva Motor Show that this design DNA was first introduced with the Hyundai ix-onic concept car. Since then, it has served as the inspiration for every new Hyundai model that has come out. These include the Veloster, ix20, and award-winning ix35. For the Hyundai i40 sedan, the main key words used for the design concept are 'premium wing' and 'modern flow', which came from this fluidic sculpture philosophy.
The reason for this is that designers at Hyundai wanted to stress on making a fluidic volume but having a modern touch with a sophisticated wing-like detail. Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre Chief Designer Thomas Bürkle commented that the brand made sure the i40 had a unique appearance by utilizing strong fluid lines from the front portion up to the rear. Bürkle added that the brand did not want to go with the standard three-box sedan but instead made a car that was in line with the i40 wagon’s sporty nature.
With the elongated and low roof line, this resulted in the Hyundai i40 sedan having that coupe-like silhouette, he continued. Having an attractive style is not the only advantage that the Hyundai i40 sedan offers. Its dimensions ensure that the interior has high-levels of comfort.
Dimensions are clearly the best-in-class with the front hear measuring 1,025 mm, the shoulder at 1,455 mm, and leg at 1,170 mm. Wheelbase meanwhile measures 2.77 meters. As a result of this spaciousness, occupants continue to experience a very comfortable ride for a D-segment even under long periods.
Bürkle shared that with the unique appearance and fluidic form, the exterior manages to stand out. He added that the interior meanwhile has been designed in order to give comfort and practicality to the driver while offering a high-quality package for its passengers.