The i40 is a large family car which has been around for the past 6 years. So far the car went through a small facelift but it didn’t change all that much since its original release. However, it now looks like an entirely new model is going to be released in the near future. Even though there aren’t available any official details about the future 2019 Hyundai i40, photographers already managed to take a good look at the camouflaged development prototype. It looks like the new car will be quite a bit more impressive than its predecessor. For starters, the car is going to be based on a new platform. It will also feature new technologies as well as more efficient engines. The end result should become a far better family car than before that will finally be worth it over its cheaper sibling, the i30.
At first the rumors were saying the car will be based on the same platform as the Stinger. However, it later became clear this will not be the case. While a rear wheel drive platform would be great, it wouldn’t make much sense for them to go with this platform as it would drive the price up by too much. However, it will not use the same platform as its predecessor either. Instead, the future i40 will likely be based the same architecture as the US-bound Sonata. This means a lighter and more rigid structure than before which will translate in far better NVH levels and driving characteristics.
2019 Hyundai i40 Price and Release date
The new 2019 i40 Hyundai will hit the showrooms in late 2018 or early in 2019. The prototypes were first time spotted in the summer of this year, which means that they are in early stages of development. While the works continues, we will see more of test mules during the upcoming months. First models in dealerships will be available during the middle of 2019.
The main competitors for this model are Mazda 6, Ford Mondeo, Volkswagen Passat, Subaru Liberty, and Skoda Octavia. In tough and competitive European market new i40 will come at a much affordable price of $27,900.
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The design – exterior features of New i40
From the spy shots of the prototype we can also see the upcoming 2019 Hyundai i40 will feature a longer wheelbase than its predecessor. The car also seems lower and wider than before but this may be nothing more than just an optical illusion caused by the camouflage. Even so, the new platform with the longer wheelbase should translate in a sportier-looking car. In the front it looks like Hyundai will go for a similar design to that of the Sonata. Expect a new hexagonal grille, much slimmer headlights as well as a bigger air intake in the grille.
From the side it looks like the glasshouse will feature a lower belt-line which means more light for its passengers as well as better visibility for the driver. The rear of the car on the other hand seems to boast a slanted look which is somewhat similar to a shooting brake. However, this will hold true only for the wagon. The sedan is more than likely going to be nearly identical to the US version of the Sonata.
The interior of new i40
The upcoming 2019 Hyundai i40 will definitely receive an interior built from the ground up. The current car has a really curvy-looking dashboard with plenty of curved lines and a futuristic look that not many people loved. The new car on the other hand will be quite similar to the Sonata. It looks like the dashboard will still feature some curved design lines, but the overall look will be much cleaner. The infotainment system will be moved up and further into the driver’s line of sight while the instrument cluster and center stack will be far less cluttered than before. Another big change might be the seats. It looks like some versions of the i40 could get individual rear seats in which case things might become quite interesting to see.
Under the hood – 2019 i40 Specs
The base model of the 2019 Hyundai i40 is likely going to receive a naturally aspirated 1.6 liter engine good for around 138 horsepower and close to 125 lb-ft of torque. This will likely be available with a 6 speed manual only, so it will only be suited for those looking to get the best deal when it comes to the acquisition price. Further up the range the i40 is expected to receive a 1.7 liter turbocharged diesel. Offering anything between 115 and over 140 horsepower and as much as 240 lb-ft of torque, this should be great for those looking to get a powerful and efficient engine.
Its only drawback is the well known unrefined character which is specific to this 1.7 liter engine. The range-topping cars are expected to get a 2.0 liter turbo-four good for north of 200 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the rest, a dual-clutch gearbox is likely going to be used for this particular application.