Sonata replacement here in 2010
5 November 2008

Autocar has learned more details about the forthcoming Hyundai i40.

The new mid-sized saloon and estate will go on sale in the UK in 2010, replacing the ageing Sonata. According to a Hyundai insider, the i40 will major on style, “and won’t be a car that people buy purely for value.”

Billed as a competitor to the new Vauxhall Insignia and Ford Mondeo, the Hyundai i40 will initially be launched in estate form, with a saloon version following in 2011.

Many of the styling cues seen on the Hyundai Genus concept from the 2006 Geneva show could make it to production on the i40.

The i40 is believed to be based on an all-new platform which will underpin other future Hyundais and Kias, with the newly unveiled 181bhp 2.0-litre common-rail diesel engine being the most popular powerplant.

Other powerplants will include modified versions of the i30’s current 1.6-litre diesel and petrol units, as well as a 2.0-litre petrol engine.

Vicky Parrott

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15 December 2009

the one in the pix appears to have hyundaismoke(d) windows.

15 December 2009

LMAO. I really like this car. This car will take Hyundai everywhere and anywhere it wants to go, trust me. This car will set the standard for the New Hyundai, and the i20, i30 will be forced to live up to that standard.

"The all-new 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The body of a sport coupe meets the functionality of a sedan. Stylish and modern, the all-new 2011 Sonata exudes constant movement thanks to its "Fluidic Sculpture" design. With a host of firsts for its appointments unexpected for the cost of such a vehicle that rethinks the notion of luxury."

http://www.hyundaisonata.com/

16 December 2009

[quote HyundaiSmoke]This car will take Hyundai everywhere and anywhere it wants to go, trust me.[/quote]

This car will take the passengers everywhere and anywhere they want to go, as the minicab drivers new chariot of choice. Old one failed in this mission as the ride kept causing the passengers to cough up their Kebabs on a Saturday night.

17 December 2009

Sonatas arent used as cabs. Though in some Asian countries Elantras/i30s are used as Cabs.

Here in the states Full sized Domestic cars are used as cabs. Impalas, Grand Marquis, Le Sabres, Lucernnes, and Ford Crown Vic Police Interceptors (About 80% of all US Cabs).

17 December 2009

[quote HyundaiSmoke]

Sonatas arent used as cabs. Though in some Asian countries Elantras/i30s are used as Cabs.

Here in the states Full sized Domestic cars are used as cabs. Impalas, Grand Marquis, Le Sabres, Lucernnes, and Ford Crown Vic Police Interceptors (About 80% of all US Cabs).

[/quote]

But ... Biasedargumentman .... this is a UK forum, for a UK car magazine with the majority of posters being from the UK .... so when we say Sonatas are used as cabs then we are referring to the UK. And they are .... and will continue. Just now they will look a bit more swoopy.

So you spinning out your usual 'forum character' cobblers about how Hyundai is the greatest, blah blah blah ... no-one cares. Go away.

Thanks!

17 December 2009

[quote Autocar]According to a Hyundai insider, the i40 will major on style[/quote]

I really hate the front lights.

17 December 2009

Hear hear!

Nowt wrong with a swoopy cab 'smoker, 't is what it is, e.g. a place where one can vomit safely sheltered from wind and rain and in this case not feel the least bit bad about it.

Yes, go away.

19 December 2009

Why in the hell would you use a such a capable, nicely built, well put together car like a Sonata as a Taxi cab? That's Sickening to me. Talk about Vomiting, it makes me want to Vomit.

Why not a Vauxhall? Vauxhall, GM Rebranded Vauxhall/Opel Taxi Cabs used here are used here becuase those are rubbish cars. Rubbish as in they are a few years behind, the competitors stacked up against them. Rubbish as in they have unforseen severe defects after a year or 2 of use, etc...

GM/Vauxhall/Opel Product= Catastrophic Transmision failures after 2-3 years of use.

19 December 2009

I've seen the Sonata on the road here in Korea and it is a striking looking car. It is exactly as shown in the link given by HyundaiSmoke and looks great in black.

20 December 2009

Yeah this car was made for Black. Hyundai used white at Auto Shows to get people to say" Well if it looks nice in White then This will be absolutely fantastic in Black."

Id buy one in that Plum Color that almost looked Black but had a hint of plum on it. It made it look real elegant, and Hyundai should use that Plum in all of its cars!!! There will also be a 2.4L GDI Turbo giving it 275 HP at 35 MPG as well.

In terms of Midsized Professional (Lower Tier Luxury) sedans this has the edge over all comers. Regal/Insignia/9-5, S40/Milan, Sebring, VW CC, Citroen C5. In some, most or all details depending on the case, and that proves my argument that this car will take Hyundai wherever it wants to and needs to go.

From my Research on technical specs in comparison to similar cars globally, this is more World class than World Class. Its a shame Autocar cant get its hands on the Turbo yet.

I hope when Autocar gets the Turbo they test it against the next close thing to the Sonata-Citroen C5.

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