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Hyundai product launches to keep up fleet momentum in 2015

Date: 11 December 2014   |   Author:

Hyundai has unveiled three new products for the UK, with facelifted i30 and i40 models, as well as an all-new i20 coupe as part of its ambitions to continue its growth.

The revised Hyundai models will help the firm to maintain its fleet growth, which was up 9% year-on-year and will help it push past 40,000 units for business sales next year.

The new i30 will go on sale first in January with a new 94g/km 110hp 1.6-litre diesel and a lighter 129g/km 1.4-litre Kappa petrol, which replaces the previous 1.4-litre Gamma engine.

The new i40 features revised Euro6 diesel 1.7-litre engines in 115hp and 141hp power outputs.

Hyundai has also added a new seven-speed automatic gearbox for the higher-powered diesel i40, and the transmission is also available on the i30 petrol and diesel engines. The new seven-speed unit replaces the previous six-speed transmission. 

New technology features for the i40 include smart high-beam system, speed limit identification system, and redesigned satellite navigation and touch-screen system.

Both the i30 and i40 get subtle design refreshes, including a new hexagonal grille, while the i40 has new front and rear lamps, a new front bumper and integrated LED fog lamps.

Hyundai has not confirmed final CO2 and efficiency performance figures for the i40 facelift yet.

The Korean firm also revealed some sportier products to indicate a move towards being more design-orientated with an 186hp i30 Turbo model and its new i20 Coupe model.

The three-door i20 coupe expands the range beyond the recently launched standard hatch and it is expected there will be a further i20 crossover to rival the Nissan Juke in the future. The i20 coupe will come with a choice of Euro6 engines including petrol and diesel engines from 84hp to 100hp. A new 1.4-litre Kappa petrol engine will be available from launch, with a new 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine joining the range later in 2015. Hyundai hasn't confirmed CO2 for the i20 coupe yet.