While the i40 may have been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, this was our first time getting a closer look at the Hyundai wagon is the newest industry-D. Based on the Sonata platform, the Hyundai i40 Wagon was designed specifically for the European market Hyundai’s European R & D center located in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
Naturally this means a Euro-centric design and powertrain packages Euro V-compliant. An inline-4 engine 2.0-liter direct injection, GDI Nu is the engine, top-of-the-line, producing 174 hp and 153 lb.-ft. of torque. Just below that is the range of Hyundai GDI, 1.6-liter inline-4 that produces 133 hp and 121 lb-ft of torque. Drivers who want the diesel will have to choose between two versions of the line-4 engine U-II 1.7-liter. One is rated at 114 hp and 192 lb.-ft. of torque, the other has 134 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque. Nu GDI engine spec and higher U-II can be purchased with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, while the base of U-II and Gamma GDI only be offered with a 6-speed manual.
To help keep emissions down, both diesel and GDI range can be fitted with Hyundai’s technology start-stop engine called Integrated Stop & Go (ISG). An alternator “intelligent” alternator load limits for those times when it will minimally affect the drag of the engine. Moreover, all i40s will be equipped with tires low rolling resistance.
The i40 wagon has rear suspension multi-link independent with MacPherson front. An electric motor provides assistance to driving a car that has a tight turning radius, especially for a car with a wheelbase of 109.1 inches and an overall length of 187.8 inches inside, the i40 wagon will have 19, 5 cubic meters of cargo space in the back. With the rear seats folded, which increases to 60.7 cubic meters.
Amenities include optional Smart Parking Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, heated and reclining rear seats, heated and cooled front seats, heated steering wheel and standard equipment such as Bluetooth and navigation with a rear view camera. A new feature that automatically defogs front windshield is also available.
With the cars that make up over 50 percent of sales in segment D, it’s no wonder Europe has decided to launch the Hyundai i40 with the first wagon. But the question remains: how would fare in a car as the U.S.?