• Dec 13th 2010 at 6:27PM
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Hyundai i40 wagon renderings – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hyundai is preparing to launch a new European D-segment model at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March that will compete against such vehicles as the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat, and it's released a slew of advance renderings of what we might expect.

Filling the slot in the Korean automaker's European line-up that's filled in North America by the Sonata (with which it is a very close twin), the i40 has been designed and developed in Germany by the company's European R&D center in Rüsselsheim. The design closely follows those of recent Hyundai design studies, the Genus concept most closely.

The i40 is slated to go on sale shortly after its debut in Geneva in wagon form, with a sedan version expected to follow. The engine range is expected to include a 2.0-liter, direct-injection four-cylinder producing 170 horsepower and a 1.7-liter turbodiesel with outputs ranging from 115 horsepower to 136, with more powerful versions to follow. In the meantime, take a stroll through the image gallery below for a closer look, as the i40 is almost certainly what a Sonata wagon would look like were Hyundai ever to launch it in the States.

[Source: Hyundai-blog]

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