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The Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2013 (KLIMS13) is happening this week, and there will be plenty of new metal from various brands on display. Hyundai-Sime Darby will be putting up quite a show with a mixture of local launches and show cars. Making its Malaysian debut is the Hyundai i40 sedan and the wagon-bodied i40 Tourer.

Readers of this website won’t be surprised by the news of the i40 launching here, for we’ve already seen both the i40 sedan and i40 Tourer being tested by JPJ in Malaysia. The i40 is a D-segment car, so we’re not sure whether it will be positioned alongside, or perhaps slightly above the Sonata, or replace it altogether, like it has in the Australian market.

The i40 is marginally smaller than the Sonata (length and wheelbase shorter by 50 mm and 25 mm respectively), though both are considered to be in the same market segment. Put simply, the Sonata is Hyundai’s answer to the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord in North America, while the i40 is predominantly marketed in Europe against the VW Passat, Toyota Avensis and Honda Accord Euro.

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Looks wise, the i40 follows a more recent interpretation of Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design language, and fits perfectly in line with the rest of the brand’s model range. It features the familiar recessed hexagonal grille sported by the Elantra and Veloster, which outdates the Sonata’s standalone design.

Both the i40 Sedan and Tourer we saw at JPJ Putrajaya wore ‘2.0’ badges, and Hyundai-Sime Darby has confirmed that the engine is question is a 2.0 litre four-cylinder ‘Nu’ GDI engine. In Europe, this engine makes 177 PS and 208 Nm, which is more than the Sonata’s 162 PS/194 Nm.

This choice of powerplant is significant as it will be the first Hyundai-Kia naturally-aspirated Gasoline Direct Injection engine to be introduced in Malaysia. We have been getting the MPI engine from both brands due to concerns on the compatability of the NA GDI engine with our Euro 2 fuel, so this might be the turning point.

Hyundai i40 Sedan

Hyundai i40 Tourer