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.
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.