2012 Hyundai i40 sedan made its official debut in Barcelona


The 2012 Hyundai i40 sedan just made its official debut in Barcelona. The 2012 i40 sedan is scheduled to be available by the fourth quarter of 2011 for the European market, and with the i40 wagon model to follow several months later.

Much like the i40 station wagon, the Hyundai i40 sedan is based on the Sonata model. It is designed with a ‘fluidic sculpture’, which represents the future of Hyundai’s design. The i40 sedan has an attractive styling while providing comfortable, large seating space. It has a wheelbase of 109 inches with dimensions for front head of 40.3 inches, shoulder of 57.3 inches, and leg room of 46.1 inches.

“We have used very strong, fluid lines from front to rear to give i40 a distinctive appearance,” commented Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre. “We wanted to move away from the typical three-box saloon and create a car that was in keeping with the sporty nature of the i40 tourer. By sculpting a low, elongated roof line, we’ve given the i40 saloon a striking coupe-like silhouette,” Thomas Bürkle added.

The Hyundai i40 sedan will be offered with four engines, and all are in a four-cylinder engine configuration. For starter, two 1.7-liter diesel engines with 113 horsepower and 134 horsepower, respectively. Another two gasoline engines, one with a 1.6-liter engine producing 133 horsepower, and a 2.0-liter engine producing 175 horsepower. And all of these four engines are mated to the same 6-speed manual transmission as standard. Only the 134-hp diesel engine will be available with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The 2012 Hyundai i40 sedan offers extensive high-tech standard and optional features, which include smart-parking assist and lane departure warning system, Bluetooth® with voice recognition and full map navigation with rear view camera. Additional features include electric parking brake, front air ventilation seats, heated and reclining rear seats, auto-defog system, and a heated steering wheel.