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Hyundai Sonata Wagon – Click above to enlarge

It's always nice to know that someone is listening to your ramblings. A couple of days ago when we saw a speculative rendering of a station wagon version of the new Kia Optima, we postulated that its cousin the Hyundai Sonata would make a great Shooting Brake. Well, we've now seen two renderings of a long-roof Sonata from two different artists and we are sold on the concept.

The image to the right was generated by the same Theophilus Chin who created the Optima wagon. Don't get us wrong, we generally love the Mercedes-Benz "Shooting Break" concept we saw in Beijing. However, unlike the designers at Mercedes-Benz, Theo understands the history of the Shooting Brake and rendered a proper two-door plus hatch, and it works beautifully with the Sonata's fluidic sculpture design. Check out Theo's other work at his site.

We'd also like to thank Jon Riska who, while acknowledging his less advanced photoshopping skills, still produced the very handsome four-door Sonata wagon above. If you'd like to try your own hand, send your images along to tips at autoblog dawt com and we may add them to the reader gallery.

Note to Hyundai America CEO John Krafcik: We know you check out Autoblog. Come on, you know you want to build one of these!

[Source: This Week in Motors]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      i like the new sonata. i like wagons. i think these two artists have serious talent.

      but with the design lines of the sonata, i think that wagon just looks awkward and goofy. kinda almost like a lowered crosstour. yuck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the shooting brake concept and if Hyundai makes one (make mine the turbo), I will buy it. I lament the loss of my Audi A6 wagon, but to replace it would have cost two loaded Hyundais. I hate the "tall wagon" concept of these tippy CUV's littering the highways. Bring back wagons, please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seriously? Did the person that penned this bother to check the definition of a shooting brake? Because that most certainly isn't one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The cropped image on the right links to an image of a proper shooting brake (a three door wagon). The image at the top is just a wagon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hyundai used to design cars that used to look a lot like Honda's, then they came into their own and design things that look like their own and look really great. Honda should maybe start borrowing their design ideas from Hyundai now - park this beside a Honda Crosstour and see how many people want the Honda!

      Good Job Hyundai!
      • 5 Years Ago
      A Shooting Brake is a 2 door wagon like the original Nomad. And a Coupe is a 2 door sedan or GT. No matter what MB, Volks or any of these other marketing idiots think!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thank you for saying it. Please, people, for the love of all that's good and holy STOP bastardizing the language. That f a station wagon. Don't go calling the the Caddy sport wagon a brake, don't go calling the recent iteration of the Dodge Magnum a brake, don't go calling the Chrysler 300 wagon a brake. Most of all, if you have any idea what's good for you, don't go calling the Acura ZDX a brake.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OK race is one, Buick Regal Wagon, Sonata Wagon... who ever gets there first I buy...
      • 5 Years Ago
      "understands the history of the Shooting Brake"

      Not quite. Historically, shooting brakes (or breaks on the Continent) were extra-tall estate cars which had only front doors because the bench seating in the rear compartment was arranged longitudinally, so that gentlemen (and the occasional lady) could sit facing each other with their rifles held upright, or shotguns broken over their laps, while being driven to the hunting grounds.

      How the term came to be applied to rather low-slung 2-door sport hatchbacks is best explained by Aston-Martin historians, but it's now an affectation similar to four-door coupe and making even less sense--the latter at least have chopped rooflines, while older Land Rover Series I-III with 2 doors and facing rear benches are closer to the original concept of a shooting brake.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Like the Dodge Magnum. and other cars...am no fan of sloping down rear sections on these cars. I can fit a ton of gear in my 93 Escort Wagon, because it does not slope down. I know this is for aero purposes but defeats why you would buy a wagon in the first place: To haul tons of stuff and still be able to drive a fun car!
      • 5 Years Ago
      why does Autoblog keep calling things a "shooting brake?"

      #1, it's supposed to have two doors, and
      #2, it's an archaic term which has no relevance to modern cars anyway and is only used by people trying to sound "cultured."
        • 5 Years Ago
        Check the right pic:

        http://www.thisweekinmotors.com/hyundai-sonata-shooting-brake-concept-rendered/

        that's a shooting brake not the wagon up there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        they seem to call every wagon a "shooting brake."

        autoblog seems to throw that term around all the time. and its annoying
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Gearhead - was probably a VW Fox wagon. http://images.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/pix/2576855.jpg

        • 5 Years Ago
        I remember my neighbour had this old car. I think it may have been a Volkswagen, I don't quit remember. I remember seeing it all the time and thinking it was a wagon until I saw it only had 2 doors but look like a full wagon. I asked him what it was called and he said "People used to call full wagons with only 2 doors a 'shooting brake' no one says that any more." That was a cool old car, and since then that is what a shooting brake is to me, it needs to have 2 doors and a square rear, like a less practical wagon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd buy one. I've always liked wagons since my 1982 Dodge Aries K I hd back in 1994. Wagons make more sense than an SUV/CUV for fuel economy, ease of parking and handling. Just look at the sexy ones from Audi, BMW, and even the CTS wagon from Cadillac. Ill hold out for the turbo one, and see if Hyundai can tune a gran touring suspension.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bah, I'm sick of these "wagons" with their dramatic glass houses and their enormous D-pillars. It's always fashion over function, even with the most practical category. My Saabopel 9-5 may be a pig, but it manages to be a good looking wagon while permitting excellent rear visibility. Plus the thicker C pillars give more shade and privacy to the rear occupants.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a wagon, this needs a more level roofline. This is more like the late, lamented Dodge Magnum, which has a restricted opening height that ruins its ability to carry what you buy a wagon for.
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