Hyundai i40 once again updatedOctober 9, 2018
The outsider of the European D / E segment Hyundai i40 experienced a slight restyling and received a new urea diesel from the Smartstream family.
The mid-size i40 model formally disappeared from the Russian Hyundai product line as early as last year, although dealers continued to sell copies in the warehouses until September 2018. In Russia, instead of the i40, a fresher and more elegant Sonata is now offered, but in Europe the Korean brand continues to hard sell obsolete sedans and the i40 station wagon (model has been produced since 2011). From January to August of this year, European dealers were able to sell only 7,702 copies of the i40 – this is the worst result of the combined class D / E. Even the sister Kia Optima is better than the others – 10,328 units sold, but the leader of the mid-size class, the Volkswagen Passat (119,546 units sold in the first eight months) is infinitely far to both Koreans.
Nevertheless, the Hyundai i40 is still in service and will now delight the Europeans with a new mesh false radiator grille instead of the previous “ruler”, new colors of interior design, a modified design of the rims and a 1.6-liter turbo diesel of the Smartstream family that meets strict environmental standards Euro 6d-Temp, – earlier this unit received an updated compact model of Hyundai i30 for Europe. On the i40, the new diesel will be available in two versions – 115 hp, 280 Nm or 136 hp, 320 Nm. The 136-strong version will be offered in a pair with a 6-speed manual gearbox or with a 7-speed automatic transmission with two clutches, and the 115-strong will come only complete with manual transmission. The former gasoline engine is a 1.6-liter GDI with direct fuel injection (135 hp).
The last restyling, by the way, was slightly more noticeable and occurred in 2015. The current update means that the Hyundai i40 will last another year or two on the European market, but whether this model will have a successor is a big question. If even Ford, according to rumors, is ready to remove from Europe a completely successful mid-size Mondeo, then what is there to catch the “Koreans”? In general, there is a feeling that i40 was equipped on the last journey …
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