Hyundai has reduced fuel consumption and enhanced the driveability of its iLoad and iMax models with the introduction of a revised 2.5-litre diesel and a new six-speed manual transmission developed in-house. It's all part of the manufacturer's program of continuous improvement for the van and the eight-seat people mover based on it. Both vehicles have been acclaimed by local media since their introduction here four years ago and Hyundai is determined to keep the iLoad and iMax well armed to tackle their rivals in the marketplace.
The efficiency gains announced reduce fuel use by at least five per cent for the diesel variants. At 8.0L/100km in combined-cycle testing, the manual/diesel variant of the iLoad is six per cent more economical than the model it replaces in the local range. The same vehicle with a five-speed automatic optioned is now five per cent more efficient, dropping the fuel consumption figure down to 8.8L/100km.
Fuel use for the iMax falls to 8.1L/100km for the diesel manual variant or 9.0L/100km when the automatic transmission is specified. Respectively, the revised fuel consumption figures for the iMax show five per cent and eight per cent reductions. CO2 emissions are down as well, with the automatic iMax discharging as much as 238g/km in the combined-cycle test. For the same test the iLoad manual is rated at 212g/km. Other models emit 213g/km (iMax manual) and 232g/km (iLoad auto).
The improved engine efficiency is welcome news for buyers, who will also appreciate each vehicle's enhanced driveability now that peak torque occurs lower in the rev range — between 1500 and 2500rpm. Automatic variants now deliver increased torque as well, with 441Nm on tap between 2000 and 2250rpm, courtesy of a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT). Peak power figures are 100kW for the Waste Gate Turbo engine that powers manual models and 125kW for the VGT engine coupled to the automatic transmission. The 2.4-litre petrol engine is mechanically unchanged.
Prices start at $29,990 for the iLoad petrol with manual transmission and seating for three. A crew cab version with six seats adds $2000 to the purchase price ($31,990). Hyundai doesn't offer an automatic option for the petrol iLoad. The diesel iLoad van costs $37,490 with standard automatic or the six-seater crew cab can be purchased at a lower price of $36,490 with the six-speed manual. Specifying the automatic option raises the price to $38,990 for the six-seater. Pricing for the eight-seat iMax ranges from $37,290 for the petrol model with standard automatic, through $39,990 for the diesel with manual transmission, to $42,490 for the diesel auto.
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