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Along with the new i20 Coupe and refreshed i30 range, Hyundai has also revealed the facelifted i40 Sedan and Tourer, which was spied testing in June. The i40 made its debut in 2011 as a flagship for Hyundai’s European range, and has achieved sales of 100,000 units. This facelift introduces new powertrains, improvements in ride and handling and new tech.

The i40 facelift is available with an enhanced engine line-up of two Euro 6-compliant 1.7 litre turbodiesel engines making 115 PS/280 Nm and 141 PS/340 Nm. Both ‘U-II’ oil burners have been re-engineered for better response and efficiency.

A new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is available for the higher powered 1.7 CRDi (the 115 PS variant is six-speed manual only). It provides improved fuel efficiency, and manual gear changes through paddles on the steering wheel. Tech included are Integrated Stop & Go (engine stop-start), alternator management system, and active front flaps to further reduce emissions and fuel consumption.

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Hyundai says that the new i40 corners better and is more agile, thanks to the available Advanced Traction Cornering Control. ATCC uses electronic sensors to emulate the behaviour of a limited-slip differential during cornering for better grip.

In addition, a new Rear Electronic Damping Control System (ECS) is fitted to the rear axle of the Tourer, the more popular body style. Selecting this in Drive Mode will also influence the car’s steering, and in automatic cars, the transmission logic and throttle response.

Tech wise, the i40 is now available with Smart High Beam from the Genesis, and a Speed Limit Identification Function system that checks roadside signs and displays a current speed limit alert to the driver. This is a first for Hyundai. Also in is the company’s latest navigation system with enhanced touch-screen functionality and updated visuals.

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Exterior enhancements include a new design for both front and rear lamp clusters, a new hexagonal grille with horizontal slats, a new front bumper and LED fog lamps. New design 16- and 18-inch alloys complete the smart-looking package.

The Euro-flavoured Hyundai i40 made its debut here at last year’s KLIMS13 show, with a direct injection 2.0 litre GDI engine and two bodystyles – sedan and wagon. It was one of the better cars we tested in 2013, appearing twice in the paultan.org 2013 Top Five cars list.


GALLERY: Pre-facelift Hyundai i40 Sedan

GALLERY: Pre-facelift Hyundai i40 Tourer