• Feb 17, 2011
Hyundai i40 – Click above for high-res image gallery

In advance of its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai has released the first pictures and details of its new i40 wagon. Developed at Hyundai's European facility in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the i40 is to be launched in Europe in wagon form before the sedan follows later in the year.

Showcasing Hyundai's latest design language, the i40 packs numerous features you'd normally expect to see on a higher-end products – like Hyundai's own Genesis and Equus models, for example. Included in the package are features like heated and reclining front and rear seats and an intelligent de-mist system that automatically keeps the windshield fog-free.

The question of relevance for North American consumers, however, is whether the i40 makes it Stateside as a wagon counterpart to the Sonata sedan. We know that both a majority of our readers and a few key folks at Hyundai of America want it, but we'll have to wait and see if everyone gets their wish. In the meantime, you can check out the pair of images in the gallery below and scope out the specs in the press release after the jump.



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NEW HYUNDAI i40 TO STAR AT THE GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

Hyundai has revealed the first pictures of the new i40, ahead of its world premiere at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The debut of i40 comes as Hyundai launches its new brand slogan 'New Thinking. New Possibilities.' The i40 reflects the spirit of change at Hyundai, and represents the company's bold new concept of 'modern premium' – the philosophy that premium quality and characteristics should be accessible to everyone.

The i40 is the company's first D-segment vehicle to be developed specifically for the European market, with a package of powertrains, equipment and technology tailored for European tastes. It will be shown in Geneva in estate form, and this will be the first i40 bodystyle to be introduced to Europe, with a saloon to follow later this year.

Designed and engineered at Hyundai's R&D headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the i40 is the latest Hyundai model to have a purely European identity. Taking styling cues from Hyundai's 'fluidic sculpture' design language, it maintains signature features such as the hexagonal grille. The grille is flanked by two jewel-like headlamps, for a contemporary, confident look that is accentuated by the characterful lines that connect the front and rear of the vehicle, adding to the i40's eye-catching, sophisticated style.

In line with Hyundai's commitment to make premium products and features available to everyone, the i40 has a class-leading level of standard equipment. Among the specification are new technologies for Hyundai, including: heated and reclining front and rear seats; a heated steering wheel; and an active de-mist system that automatically detects and clears mist on the windscreen.

The 'modern premium' concept is also evident in the efficient powertrain choices available to i40 buyers. The i40's 1.7-litre diesel engine, codenamed 'UII', will emit from just 113 g/km of CO2 emissions – a best-in-class figure that also demonstrates the advances the company is making towards global leadership in eco-technology.

Hyundai's unrivalled customer care package, Five Year Triple Care, will come as standard on i40. The industry-leading package offers total peace of mind, with a five-year unlimited-mileage warranty, five years' roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.

Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, commented, "Offering more for less has always been a fundamental principle at Hyundai, and now we are advancing this with our new brand direction under the 'New Thinking. New Possibilities.' slogan. The i40 is a perfect example of how we are offering the best and making it accessible to everyone. From stunning design and specification, to industry-leading technology and aftersales care – the i40 sets itself apart from its competitors."

The i40 will be joined on stage by Hyundai's ground-breaking new 1+2 door Veloster coupe, set for launch in Europe later in 2011. The Curb concept will also be shown, highlighting the latest telematics technology from Hyundai in an 'urban-ready' design. Both cars received their world premieres at the North America International Auto Show last month, and will be making their European debuts in Geneva.

The company's press conference will take place in Hall 1 at 12:30 (CET) on Tuesday 1st March 2011.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Lets not get overly excited. If I am right Ford sold more Fseries last year than total Hyundai sales.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Relevance, your Honor.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The new Sonata sedan, while generally quite striking, has a couple awkward angles. This removes all that awkward and adds a whole lot of awesome. Bravo, Hyundai!
      PS: Bring it to the US! Please? Pretty please?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sadly the soccer mommy club in this country wants CUV's now.Offer the 2.2 cdi engine used in all the other markets Hyundai sells in ( around 190-195hp and almost 300ft/lbs of torque) and the 2.0 turbo and you will find buyers for it who are sick of CUV's ,SUV's, and over priced/high maintenence european station wagons.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I were a Japanese OEM, I'd be thinking about sleeping with Korean's design teams to learn a trick or twenty about car styling. Is good taste at a bargain price now the exclusive domain of Hyundai and Kia???
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hyundai's lack of a luxury brand means they can make their cars as stylish as they can. Toyota/Honda is forced to make their mass market brands as homely as possible so buyers will spend more to buy the "luxury" car (which underneath is exactly the same as the homely one).
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a Toyota Venza and the Acura TSX Wagon with a unique Hyundai design flair.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too much hatch, too little wagon.

      With the slope of that rear window, you'd be lucky to get much in this that wouldn't fit in a sedan. Also, with the big bend in that rear hatch, it's going to stick down a bit in the garage, I wonder if tall people will bump their heads on or be staring right at the hatch.
      • 3 Years Ago
      nice it's like the CTS which is almost like a Hatchback more so then a wagon..
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want! Bring it here yesterday!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want one with the turbo!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will it come as a Hybrid?
      If it doesn't have Electric Motor Torque, and fuel economy, I don't want it.

      Beautiful otherwise.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Previously, I would have said, "I only care about the 2.0T" but now that I'm facing the prospect of a much longer daily commute, I'd also be very interested in a hybrid model. I say call it the "Sonata Touring" and bring it on over. :-)
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Euro i40 may be sized smaller than the US Sonota. Similar to how the Euro Mazda6 is slightly smaller than the US Mazda6 and how the Euro Accord uses the TSX platform which is slightly smaller than the US Accord.

      Hence the US will not this i40 wagon since it is on a slightly smaller platform than the US Sonota.
        • 3 Years Ago
        While the i40 is a smaller model than the Sonata (i45), the wagon version may very well come to the States as the Sonata wagon just as the i30 wagon is sold here as the Elantra Touring (there are already plans for the next gen i30 hatch to be sold in the US as the Elantra 5 door).
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hockey Bag Eh!
      Darn the lack of an edit button.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Reply fail as well. Seriously, AB, when will this get fixed?
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