Hyundai is prepping to launch its i40 D-segment model at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The i40 will compete against rivals vehicles like the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat and a slew of advance renderings released by the automaker hint at what we might see hit the stage come next March. The i40 was designed and developed in Germany and bears a striking resemblance to its close twin, the Hyundai Sonata.
The i40 – to be available in sedan and wagon body styles – is slated to hit the market shortly after its on-stage debut and will feature the automaker's latest fuel-saving technologies developed under its Blue Drive eco-program. The engine range will supposedly include a 2.0-liter, direct-injection four-cylinder producing 170 horsepower and a 1.7-liter turbodiesel with outputs ranging from 115 hp to 136 hp. With the Blue Drive technologies applied, Hyundai claims that the model's powertrain lineup will boast performance that puts the i40 at the top of its class, while sipping fuel at a lower rate than any of its competitors. Expect more details on the i40 to emerge as its debut draws near.