Hyundai i40 sedan unveiled in Barcelona [video]

Korean automaker's i40 sedan variant follows the i40 wagon which was introduced at the Geneva show in March

Hyundai has unveiled the i40 sedan at the Barcelona motor show today.

This i40 is the sedan variant of the i40 wagon which Hyundai chose to unveil first at the Geneva auto show in March.

The i40 sedan features a more pronounced take on Hyundai's "Fluidic Design" paradigm. It's very European in its looks, even if it seems to mimic the Ford Mondeo, which will be one of the model's main competitors.

Power plants expected are the 2.0 liter direct-injection Theta II unit, which is good for 177 PS (130 kW / 175 bhp) and 213 Nm of torque (157 lb-ft), and the 1.7 liter diesel engine in two configurations - 115 PS (84 kW /113 bhp) and 255 Nm (188 lb-ft) of torque and a more powerful 136 PS / 100 kW variant.

Tech features like Bluetooth phone connection, lane-departure warning, smart-parking assistance and a rear-view camera will also be made available in the i40 sedan as well as cabin comforts such as heated rear seats, heated steering wheel and air-ventilated front seats.

Source: Hyundai

Hyundai i40 Sedan World Premiere in Barcelona

  • Latest version of landmark i40 to be revealed at Barcelona Motor Show
  • Vehicle embodies ‘Modern Flow' and ‘Premium Wing' design concept
  • i40 sedan shares same outstanding levels of fuel-efficiency, comfort, quality and safety as i40 wagon

Hyundai has unveiled the latest version of the D-segment i40 at the 2011 Barcelona Motor Show. The debut of the i40 sedan follows the global reveal of the i40 wagon at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year.

The i40 sedan boasts a purely European identity having been designed and engineered at the European R&D headquarters of Hyundai in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The car is the latest model to be unveiled under the company's new brand slogan - ‘New Thinking. New Possibilities.'

The 4.74-metre long i40 sedan will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2011, supported by Hyundai's industry-best, fully transparent Five Year Triple Care customer assurance. This package has been attracting European consumers to the brand through its combination of a five-year unlimited warranty, five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.

Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, commented, "The reveal of the sedan represents the next step of the i40's introduction to the European market, following the very positive reception for the i40 wagon. The i40 sedan shares the same qualities found in the wagon, including outstanding levels of fuel-efficiency, comfort, and quality, and broadens the appeal of the i40 to buyers in the D-segment.

"We have ambitious but achievable targets for the i40 range, expecting to sell 60,000 units in a full year and building on the momentum Hyundai has gained in Europe in recent years. The launch of i40 will help us reach 3% market share by the end of 2011," Allan Rushforth concluded.

Design Inspiration

The i40 sedan represents the next evolution of Hyundai's unique design language, ‘fluidic sculpture'.

The ‘fluidic sculpture' design DNA is recognizable by flowing lines inspired by nature which combine to create a dynamic exterior, and was introduced on the Hyundai ix-onic concept car at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. Since this debut, ‘fluidic sculpture' has been the design inspiration behind all new Hyundai models, such as the award-winning ix35, ix20 and Veloster.

The design concept key words for the i40 sedan are ‘modern flow' and ‘premium wing,' all evolving from the fluidic sculpture philosophy. Hyundai designers wanted to emphasize on creating fluidic volume with a modern touch as well as a sophisticated wing-like detail.

"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 sedan and create a car that was in keeping with the sporty nature of the i40 wagon. By sculpting a low, elongated roof line, we've given the i40 sedan a striking coupe-like silhouette," Thomas Bürkle added.

The i40 sedan not only benefits from attractive styling, but also retains high levels of interior comfort, with a wheelbase measuring 2.77 meters and delivering best-in-class dimensions for front head (1,025mm), shoulder (1,455mm), and leg (1,170mm) room. This impressive roominess promises to give all occupants spending long periods of the time in i40 the most comfortable D-segment ride available.

"While the exterior of i40 sedan stands out for its fluidic form and distinctive appearance, the interior has been shaped to deliver practicality and comfort to the driver and passengers in a high-quality package," Thomas Bürkle concluded.


The all-new i40 will be available with a choice of four Euro V-compliant engines: two petrol and two diesel. These units cover a power spread of 115 ps to 177 ps, with torque delivery extended across a wide engine-speed range, making the i40 an enjoyable car to drive around town or on the motorway. Manual and automatic transmissions will also be offered.

In a segment where diesel models represent over 75% of total sales in Europe, Hyundai is anticipating that the 1.7-litre diesel unit developing 136 ps will be the most popular engine among both private and fleet buyers. Overall, Hyundai is expecting a 65/35% spread between diesel and gasoline-powered i40 sales.

Hyundai's all new four-cylinder 2-litre GDI engine, called ‘Nu', makes its debut in the i40. It delivers higher torque for enhanced driving pleasure, improved fuel economy and reduced emissions and excellent NVH characteristics - similar to the multi-point fuel injected engine.

Equipped with GDI (gasoline direct injection) this 1,999 cc unit generates 177 ps and 213 Nm of torque, ensuring that the i40 brings a good balance between performance and fuel economy. An i40 sedan with this engine and a six-speed manual gearbox will accelerate to 100 kph in just 9.7 seconds, record fuel economy figures of 6.8 l/100 km (combined cycle) and achieve a CO2 rating of just 159 g/km.

Eco credentials

In terms of environmental performance, the all-new i40 will feature the latest technologies developed under Hyundai's Blue DriveTM eco-program, including Integrated Stop & Go (ISG), low rolling-resistance tyres and an alternator management system (AMS).

When combined with the 1.7-litre diesel engine developing 115 ps, the inclusion of Blue Drive technology results in the i40 achieving CO2 emissions and fuel economy figures of 113 g/km and 4.3 l/100km, respectively, making the i40 the most environmentally-friendly model in its segment.

Hyundai has continuously highlighted its commitment to lead the way along the road to long-term environmental sustainability for the auto industry, and i40 furthers the company's commitment to delivering models with class-leading eco-performance.

Reduced NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness)

A new acoustic package was developed for Hyundai's diesel powered i40. NVH performance, especially the exterior drive-by noise, is dramatically improved by using experimental methods such as Reciprocal Holography (to visualize noise reduction levels at certain frequency) and ADNA (Advanced Diagnostic Network Algorithm) to rank noise sources in the order of their identified transfer paths.

The NVH package aims to provide a quieter and more comfortable driving environment for diesel vehicles. The new acoustic package in i40 utilizes materials such as air permeable carpet, sound absorbing layers for engine-room encapsulation, and textile wheel-arch liners to absorb noise sources from engine, road, and muffler, providing a 20% improvement in interior noise levels and a reduction in outside engine noise when idling (compared to an i40 without these features).

High-tech features

By offering an extensive standard specification with numerous high-tech features, the high level of equipment in the i40 promises to be one of its key attractions to potential buyers.

High-tech features include smart-parking assist and lane-keeping assist systems, as well as connectivity items like Bluetooth® with voice recognition and full map navigation with rear view camera. In terms of comfort and convenience, the i40 will be available with an electric parking brake, front air ventilation seats, heated and reclining rear seats, as well as new features for the segment like auto-defog system, and a heated steering wheel.

Advanced lighting innovations, such as standard day-time running lights with Xenon headlamps (optional) or a TFT(Thin Film Transistor) LCD supervision instrument cluster, will further strengthen the i40's position as the lead model in Hyundai's line-up and the European D-segment.


The i40 uses the latest active and passive safety technologies to ensure maximum protection for its occupants. Active safety features, fitted as standard in several countries, include ESP (Electronic Stability Program), ABS (anti-lock braking system), Hill Start Assist Control (to prevent roll-back when starting on an incline), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), Brake Assist System and Emergency Stop Signal.

In terms of passive safety, every i40 on the road in Europe will be fitted with up to nine airbags - front, side and curtain, with driver knee airbag available as standard on all models. Hyundai anticipates the i40 to continue the company's excellent safety record and attain the maximum 5-star result under Euro NCAP's impact assessment.

Technical specifications

Hyundai i40 (sedan body style)

All figures are tentative - final figures will be confirmed at time of launch

Diesel engines

1.7-litre 115 ps

Type / capacity           U-II, DOHC, four-cylinder, 16-valve with HLA / 1685 cc

Power / torque             115 ps (85 kW) @ 4000 rpm / 260 Nm (26.5kgm) @ 1250-2750 rpm

Emissions                    122 g/km (113 g/km when fitted with ISG)

1.7-litre 136 ps

Type / capacity            U-II, DOHC, four-cylinder, 16-valve with HLA / 1685 cc

Power / torque             136 ps (100 kW) @ 4000 rpm / 325 Nm (32,0kgm) @ 2000-2500 rpm

Emissions                    124 g/km (119 g/km when fitted with ISG)

Gasoline engines

1.6-litre 135 ps

Type / capacity            Gamma GDI, four-cylinder, 16-valve with MLA / 1591 cc

Power / torque             135 ps (99 kW) @ 6300 rpm / 164 Nm (16,8kgm) @ 4850 rpm

Emissions                    149 g/km (140 g/km when fitted with ISG)

2.0-litre 177 ps

Type / capacity            Nu GDI, four-cylinder, 16-valve with HLA & Swing ARM / 1999 cc

Power / torque             177 ps (130 kW) @ 6500 rpm / 208 Nm (21,7kgm) @ 4700 rpm

Emissions                    156 g/km


                                        1.7 / 115         1.7 / 136         1.6 / 135         2.0 / 166 + 177

Manual / speeds                     6                    6                   6                   6

Automatic / speeds      ----                 6                   ----                 6

Suspension & Damping

Front                        Fully independent subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.

Rear                          Fully independent subframe-mounted multi-links, coil springs and gas-filled ASD shock absorbers.


Type                         MDPS (Motor Driven Power Steering)

Gearing                      2.88 turns lock-to-lock

Turning radius              5.46 metres


Front                        320 mm ventilated discs

Rear                         300 mm solid discs

Wheels & Tyres

Standard                   7,0Jx16           205/60 R16 tyres

                                7,5Jx17            215/50 R17 tyres

                                8,0Jx18            225/45 R18 tyres

Dimensions (mm)


Overall length              4,740

Overall width               1,815 (excluding door mirrors)

Overall height              1,470

Wheelbase                 2,770

Front overhang            920

Rear overhang             1,050

Front track                 1,591

Rear track                  1,597 

Interior                      Front              Rear

Head room                 1,025             965

Leg room                   1,170             850

Shoulder room             1,455             1,420

Capacities (litres)

Fuel tank                    70 l

Luggage                    503

Performance* (manual transmission)

                                        1.7/115    1.7/136    1.6/135    2.0/166    2.0/177

Top speed (kph)          190          198           195              203           210

0-to-100 kph (sec)       12.9          10.6          11.6             10.5          9.7

Economy  (manual transmission)

                                        1.7/115    1.7/136    1.6/135    2.0/166    2.0/177

Litres / 100 km**         4,3 (ISG)    4,5(ISG)     6,0(ISG)    TBC          6,8

CO2 (g/km)                122          124           149          TBC           156

CO2 (g/km) with ISG     113          119           140          ----            ----

* Figures stated are manufacturer’s estimates

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napoleon4208 napoleon4208
I think this car looks great youknow.. Made my heart stop at th angle
Jun 19th, 2011 7:43am
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schizo schizo
For once the US version looks better! The proportions look contrite...as if they were forced to make it smaller. Whereas the North American version looks "fluidic" letting it all hang out...
May 13th, 2011 9:57am
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Han Solo Han Solo
If it is the Euro version of the Hyundai Sonata, then it should have the same dimensions right? Why is it different? Is this the Euro Accent? Or did Hyundai shorten the dimensions by shortening the Front Bumper and Replacing the Head Lights? WCF we need help. But if it is the Euro Sonata, I still dont like the new Head Lights. The firt one was quite ugly an this is one not appealing. The car has the best rear end and side profile of any other D segment out there, but they still had to make it ugly by slapping those stupid looking headlights on.
May 13th, 2011 4:33am
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@Hanssolo58, Its almost the same size, but the dimensions are slightly more compact. Wheelbase: 2770mm (i40), 2795mm (Sonata) Length: 4740mm (i40), 4820mm (Sonata) Width: 1815mm (i40), 1835mm (Sonata) Height: 1470mm (i40), 1470mm (Sonata)
May 13th, 2011 1:27pm
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Looks like Accent/Salaris with too long wheel base
May 12th, 2011 10:38pm
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ivanporcalla ivanporcalla
Nope. I think this is the accent, I'm seeing lower variants of this in my country recently.
May 12th, 2011 6:54pm
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@ivanporcalla, look at the specs and dimensions, this car is bigger than an Elantra and is almost the same size as the slightly bigger Sonata. The i40 is Hyundai's new euro D-segment model. I believe most other markets get the slightly bigger Sonata.
May 12th, 2011 10:00pm
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Beybaba Beybaba
Can someone please tell me where this car is placed? Is this the replacement for Sonata? If that is what is the deal with the new sonata? Are they going to sell them both in the same market? Where is this car placed comparing it to 2011 sonata? 2011 Sonata: http://wallpapers.indiauto.in/automobiles/hyundai/2010-hyundai-sonata-3.jpg
May 12th, 2011 6:35pm
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afterace2 afterace2
this is an Euro market version of the new Sonata which is sold in the US and some other markets, it's a bit smaller i suppose, just like the new Euro Passat opposed to the new US Passat.
May 12th, 2011 7:21pm
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buruchaga buruchaga
Like Toyota, Camry is for the American market whereas the Avensis for the Europeans. So this i40 is Hyundai's sonata for Europe.
May 12th, 2011 7:26pm
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wcfuser14369 wcfuser14369
That doesn't look half bad actually. Very Mondeo like with hints of C5 too.
May 12th, 2011 6:22pm
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I see some 2012 Focus saloon/sedan in it.
May 12th, 2011 10:01pm
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s2k_turbo s2k_turbo
Koreans improving every model they produce, really good job! I think this car will have good pize/quality-equipment ratio.
May 12th, 2011 6:02pm
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freeway freeway
exactly my thoughts too... and considering that lately some European producers are practically going backwards design wise, I can say now that for the last few years, Hyundai is heading in the right direction... regarding the exterior and interior design, the quality, their EuroNcap progress is considerable (I don't think that they have now a car that doesn't have 5 stars EuroNcap), also their 5 years warranty policy... so they are consistently moving up-market IMO. And something I didn't thought I'm gonna say a few years ago: now I can actually see myself in a Hyundai :)... So, keep up the good work guys.
May 13th, 2011 10:26am
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