• May 31, 2010
2011/2012 Hyundai Sonata wagon – Click above for high-res image gallery

We recently published some renderings of what a station wagon variant of the new Hyundai Sonata might look like, and we now have our first actual photos of the real thing undergoing testing. While it (predictably) doesn't feature the two-door shooting brake layout we might have hoped for, it actually does look quite close to the four-door image. Hyundai designers appear to have opted for more of a sporty slant-back look like the Audi Avant wagons than the more utilitarian box we typically get from Volvo.

When the Sonata launches in Europe, it is expected to adopt the current iXX naming convention used there to become the i40 Kombi. Europeans will apparently get the wagon first, followed by the sedan. At present, it remains unclear if the wagon will ever arrive in the States. From what we can see through the camo, the i40 will get a different grille from the North American model, as well as a different treatment around the base of the A-pillar. At least on this prototype, the Euro-version has chrome trim that wraps around the mirror, while the chrome on the American variant extends straight down to the trailing edge of the headlamp cluster.



[Source: CarPIx]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This absolutely needs to come stateside.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's hoping that D pillar isn't as hefty as it appears to be under that camo, otherwise, look'n good.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing.

        This car could make wagons fashionable again. And the best part? It looks wayyyy better than a Crosstour... even with the camo on.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope it has a rear facing 3rd row. Just like the old Camry, E-Class, and V70s.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good job, Hyundai. If you don't bring it to the States, at least bring it to Canada, the land of Exotics like the Smart Car (years before the US), Mercedes B class, Acura CSX. When its time to replace my Subaru Legacy Wagon I'd consider this for sure!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder what the 3-door vehicle is that you can see the roof of at the bottom of the photo
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai like others have implied the iron is hot and now is the time to strike! Take this opportunity to bring a model to the US people would shop against VW and others. The mid-size wagon market does not have a lot of competition and could use a hot competitor like this! As a VW Passat Wagon owner my replacement options are limited in next couple of years. I will take an Indigo Blue or Venetian Red Limited with the 2.0T and black leather please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like the 2012 Elantra wagon to me
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was going to say the same thing. I think that's the next Elantra Touring. Where the A pillar comes down and meets the fender is totally different than the Sonata. And I doubt they'd change that just because this is a wagon. Also the headlamp lenses are different. It does look large, but photos can do that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't express how happy I am that the market is opening to wagons.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Get'er done Hyundai! 2.0T /w AWD - rumor is the automatic being used for the 2.0T is ready to power the rear wheels.

      In all honesty, picturing this in my mind, it might even be more sexier then the sedan - but I have a fetish after the ol' B5 S4 / RS4.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the current Malibu had offered a wagon up front, GM wouldn,t have ruptured the bank, maybe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They did... look for the previous generation malibu maxx. i know i know, its ugly and this comes from a wagon evangelist
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car is the European version of the 2011 YF Sonata.

      Yes, its based on the same YF platform as the Sonata, but IT WILL LOOK DIFFERENT. will look similar to the iFlow concept car recently introduced at the Geneva Auto Show.

      The wagon (estate) version will be introduced to the European market first followed by a sedan (saloon).

      I highly doubt that Hyundai USA will be bringing this car to the Stateside.



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