The brand new Hyundai i40 was first launched as an estate in the UK. That’s because British much prefer the more practical estate form of mainstream cars, even some sedans like the Mondeo would soon be out of UK’s buying list because of the low demand of sedans. Don’t get me wrong, the estate version of it is doing very well there.
So here it is, the Hyundai i40 sedan! Recently launched at the Barcelona Motor Show, the main reason the car was launched there is because the country consist of over 40% of sedans. That may not seem much but that is actually a huge number considering there are countless other body types to choose from. Therefore this was a marketing strategy from Hyundai.
Looks great don’t you think? The main reason for that would be because the i40 sedan was designed and engineered at Hyundai’s European R&D center in Russelsheim, Germany. The European market is huge and therefore making it appealing to the people there is very important.
Engine choices would remain similar to the estate version. This includes a 1.7-litre turbodiesel with 113bhp or 134bhp, a 1.6-litre petrol unit with 138bhp, as well as a more powerful 2.0-litre GDI petrol engine with 175bhp. Hyundai said that these engines ensures ” that the i40 brings a good balance between performance and fuel economy.”
Despite not going to be a great-seller compared to the estate version, Hyundai will still sell the i40 sedan in the UK in the year 2012. That’s 6 months after the launch of the estate in the UK. No prices have been announced yet but Hyundai expects to sell 60,000 i40s a year in Europe, with only about 25% of it being the sedan form. Which one will you choose? Sedan or estate?