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by Matt Brogan

Hyundai just keep the punches coming. First the sensational i30, which has worked wonders for the once cheap and cheerful manufacturer’s image, now comes the i-series van which will continue to see the big H fight well above their weight in the ring of global dominance.

Set to rival both commercial and passenger vans in one king hit, the i-series vans will square up to the likes of Express, Hiace, Transit, Trafic, Tarago, Carnival and Viano.

Soon to arrive in Australia as either the eight-seat people mover (iMax) and commercial van (iLoad), the range can be extended to include nine, 11 and 12 seat configurations over its 5125mm frame (wheel base is 3200mm).


Available in manual or automatic, and powered by either 2.4 litre petrol (125kW & 223Nm) or 2.5 litre turbo diesel (125kW & 392Nm) the i-series come complete with 16-inch alloy wheels, MacPherson strut suspension (up front) and rear wheel drive.

Encompassing a raft of features including dual sliding doors, lift or twin-swing (barn type) rear doors (commercial only), reverse park assist, roof mounted rear ventilation and sliding rear side windows, the i-series will be available shortly through dealerships as well as making an appearance at Melbourne Motor Show in March.