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While many vehicles offered for sale outside of the U.S. would fail to meet the demands of stateside buyers, the diesel-powered Hyundai i40 wagon appears to have all the goods to please. Of course, we're not thrilled to let you know that the diesel-powered i40 will not be offered here, but nevertheless we feel obliged to fill you in on the potentially great vehicle that we're all going to miss out on.
Hyundai will launch the i40 wagon at next year's Geneva Motor Show, with the sedan version slated for debut next summer. The launch engine will be a downsized 1.7-liter diesel mill available with several power outputs. Hyundai claims that the i40 wagon, a model loosely based on the current Hyundai Sonata, will offer "class leading style, equipment and CO2 emissions." For now, Hyundai offers up a claimed CO2 emissions in "the low 100s" but we'd expect the tested numbers to come in really close to the century mark. Hyundai initially considered a 2.0-liter diesel for the i40, but deemed it too large for the application and choose the puny 1.7-liter instead. The company has not released mileage estimates, but a ballpark figure of 50 miles per gallon sounds about right to us. With numbers like that, we'll take two – if we could. How about you?