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by Tim Beissmann

The facelifted Hyundai i40 has been spied testing on public roads, suggesting the South Korean brand is hard at work on the updated model.

The silver i40 Tourer prototype – snapped by CarAdvice’s spy photographers in Germany – wears camouflage across its restyled front bumper. Beneath the black and white plastic wrap lies a new grille with horizontal slats, similar to that of the new Genesis sedan and recently spied, facelifted i30. The i40’s front end also features reshaped lower side air intakes and is expected to benefit from new headlights.

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No changes are visible to the rear or the interior of the i40 test car, suggesting the spied model may be an early prototype with only some of the upgrades that will be present on the production version.

The updated Hyundai i40 is expected to carry over the current model’s powertrain line-up, potentially with some small performance and efficiency improvements. The current Australian range comprises a 130kW/213Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a 100kW/320Nm 1.7-litre four-cylinder diesel, and six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

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As with the updated i30, the refreshed Hyundai i40 is expected to launch in the first half of 2015 – roughly halfway through the anticipated seven-year lifecycle of the mid-sized model, which originally launched in 2011.

Hyundai Australia is still finalising its medium-car plans for 2015 and beyond. The all-new Sonata sedan will join the local line-up around the second quarter of next year. As with the discontinued i45 that it replaces, the Sonata will be larger and potentially less expensive than the i40 sedan. The i40 is unique in offering a wagon body style and a diesel engine, however, giving it an attractive point of difference in Hyundai’s local range.




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