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by Tim Beissmann

The Hyundai iLoad van and Hyundai iMax eight-seater have been upgraded with a more fuel efficient diesel engine and a new six-speed manual transmission.

The updated 2.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine continues to produce 100kW of power and 343Nm of torque when teamed with the standard six-speed manual transmission. Power from the five-speed automatic models also carries over at 125kW, while peak torque has risen substantially from 392Nm to 441Nm – delivered between 2000-2250rpm.

Combined cycle fuel consumption for the iLoad auto has fallen from 9.6 litres per 100km to 8.8L/100km, while the manual versions have dipped from 8.5L/100km to 8.0L/100km.

Likewise, the iMax auto’s economy has improved from 9.8L/100km to 9.0L/100km, while the manual falls from 8.5L/100km to 8.1L/100km.

Hyundai says the vans’ new six-speed manual transmission features multi-cone synchronisers for improved shift quality and a button-operated reverse gear lockout.

The powertrain upgrades have no impact on prices, which carry over from before. There are no changes to the petrol-powered versions of either model.

Hyundai Australia is enjoying success with both models in 2012. The Hyundai iLoad continues to outsell the Toyota HiAce in the 2.5-3.5-tonne van segment, currently accounting for 37.4 per cent of the market, while the Hyundai iMax sits second in the people mover category behind the Kia Carnival.

 

Hyundai iLoad manufacturer’s list prices:

  • 2.4-litre petrol manual van – $29,990
  • 2.4-litre petrol manual crew van – $31,990
  • 2.5-litre diesel manual van – $34,990
  • 2.5-litre diesel manual crew van – $36,490
  • 2.5-litre diesel auto van – $37,490
  • 2.5-litre diesel auto crew van – $38,990

 

Hyundai iMax manufacturer’s list prices:

  • 2.4-litre petrol auto – $37,290
  • 2.5-litre diesel manual – $39,990
  • 2.5-litre diesel auto – $42,490



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