Rakish estate caught in testing for the first time; launch in March 2011

Hyundai’s new i40 estate has been caught testing for the first time ahead of its official launch next March.

The i40, which will replace the Sonata, was previewed in saloon form with the i-flow concept at the Geneva motor show. That car, along with the ix35 crossover, showcased Hyundai’s striking new design language.

See the Hyundai i40 spy pics

The heavy disguise of this test car covers up the i40’s hexagonal grille and sweeping lines over the front wheels.

The photos also show the i40 estate’s rakish roofline, indicating that some practicality may be sacrificed for style.

The i40 will sit on a new platform that will also underpin the upcoming Kia Magentis. Engines are expected to include 1.7, 2.0 and 2.2-litre diesel motors, plus 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrols.

Hyundai has used the Mazda 6 as a benchmark in developing the i40. The estate is likely to undercut that car at around £18,000. The saloon version will follow six months later, but a hatchback version has already been ruled out.

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29 June 2010

These spy shots really get me goat, they look like any other car with a loose fitting blanket on them.

29 June 2010

[quote Jon Hardcastle]spy shots really get me goat, they look like any other car with a loose fitting blanket on them.[/quote]
Not that I'm disagreeing with you, but two details do stand out despite the disguise:
1. Boot is pretty large but sloping roofline probably compromises it a little
2. Rear doors are carried over from the saloon version, so there is "filler" visible along the join with the roof

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