Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hyundai Sonata Wagon Revealed


At first look you might mistake this bad boy for the new Elantra with a twist of the Veloster but it actually the Sonata Wagon (i40 in Europe). As weird as it sounds ol' Joe Macedone has always been a wagon fan.
 I used to drool over the turbo Volvo V70 R! Now that the Mazdaspeed 3 and STi crowd has joined in - it seems like the novelty of wagons has worn off for me. This Sonata has been revealed with a few details too. Sounds like the Veloster engine a 1.6l GDi motor will power the wagon in Europe with a diesel option as well. From the buzz it might come with more luxurious features too like the Elanta's self park system (not found in the U.S.), rear reclining seats, and maybe heated and COOLED seats.

The wagon variants of vehicles historically have not done well here in the states. For some reason us  red blooded Amurricuns love our big SUV's! I like SUV's myself but I don't think wagons are a bad idea and when done right can look pretty cool. This one looks like it has been done right with the "fluidic sculpture" design language that has won so many of our hearts! No one knows if the i40 will make it here to the states but it would be a sweet ride if it did. Check out the pics and the press release below!

-Joe Macedone


NEW HYUNDAI i40 TO STAR AT THE GENEVA MOTOR SHOWHyundai 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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