• Aug 27, 2010
2012 Hyundai Sonata (i40) wagon spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's no secret that we Autobloggers are big fans of wagons. Unfortunately, the market here in the United States isn't as wagon-friendly as those in other corners of the world, and because of this, there are very few examples to choose from – most automakers would rather introduce crossovers, as it's a significantly bigger (and growing) market.

With that in mind, it's unlikely that we'll get a version of this five-door Hyundai Sonata (which will be dubbed "i40" in other markets), though the automaker hasn't officially given America the red light just yet. Aside from the cargolicious rear end, the Sonata wagon caught by the spy shooters at CarPix employs a different chrome treatment at the base of the A-pillar, and we can see that a slightly different front fascia has been adapted. In keeping with the Sonata's sleek design, Hyundai has opted for a more rakish hatch assembly.

While you wait for Hyundai to take the wraps off this load lugger, scroll through the gallery below to see the prototype out on the street.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai, bring the Sonata wagon to the USA!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The i40 is wagon variant of sonata for europe market.
        Amercian does not like wagons.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Eff all you 2wd SUV and Crossover driving sellouts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uh, someone I know drives a 2WD Hyundai Tucson ix and, let me tell you, that is one great crossover: great styling, smoot ride, peppy engine; good stuff all around.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uh, CUVs still have high centers of gravity and are an eyesore to see around. Uh...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't "they" also say that Americans wouldn't by small cars? Americans will buy good quality, stylish cars, at a reasonable price period.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It doesn't look like a Hyundai sonata, it more looks like a Subaru or the Hyundai elantra.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This appears to be the Hyundai Avante/Elantra, from the looks of the front-end. Definitely not the Sonata.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is a Sonata. Hyundai is now integrating their hexagonal grille into all their models. Its going to be their signature market from the front.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not sure. It doesn't look too much like the current Sonata, but it just seems too big to be an Elantra wagon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        typo.

        i40 - compact (x) car (sonata base)
        i40 - mid size (x) car (sonata base)

        Hyundai's i-series is europe only model.
        It desigend by Hyundai's Russelsheim design studio in Germany.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well if you look at the lower grille intake and the LED lights that are lit-up within the headlights, it's definitely the Avante.
        • 4 Years Ago
        no it's not. it's a sonata. look at the interior. and grill will be a hexagon grill kinda like the hybrid.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i40 - mid size (o) car (sonata base)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seriously, if Hyundai brings this Wagon to the US, there will be only be a few competitors in this segment, if that. Later on, it will be the ONLY player in this market segment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I will take one of those with the twin turbo engine from its sedan counterpart.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its a twin-scroll turbo, its still a single turbo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How long will they have to test until it no longer looks like a cheap, derivative compact like all of their other designs?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Paul, it's not 2007 anymore. The new Elantra will be the best-looking compact car on the road. And like the Sonata or not, there's hardly anything "derivative" about it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Another hit from Hyundai is on the way and anther clown comment is on the way from our very own bipolar rabid and narcissistic honda fan and at large clown ,Mr invisible!

        This will sell great like the sonata sedan is selling now. I imagine they will have a hard time keeping them on the dealer lot as they are now with the sonata sedan, asuming we get this great looking wagon in the united states.

        Also ,only a delusional person would say that this looks cheap!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Woot~!

      This means K5 (new Optima) will have the wagon too!

      I hope it will get a good sports wagon proportions.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes. The oh-so-sexy Kia Optima will have a wagon version as well. OMG that is going to be so good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring it here Hyundai, so people can look at it and NOT buy! While I think wagons can sell here, they have to be in a luxo or performance package. I have to admit the new Sonata is nice,but it's core audience are still housewives and soccer moms who would rather have a CUV to keep some delusional semblance of cool, than a practical wagon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai please bring it ASAP....... SHARP AND FINE! This wagon has sizzle written all over it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Me likey!
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