This is the Hyundai i40, previewed in these official renderings ahead of its 2011 launch.
Based on the same all-new platform as the US-market Sonata, the i40 will come as an estate from April 2011 and then a saloon in the autumn.
The i40’s exterior is modern and striking, though the deeply sculpted sides and odd, curved D-pillar detail are rather less restrained than is the norm in this segment.
There will be two 1.7-litre diesel engines, offering 113bhp and 134bhp, with the lower-tune motor offering CO2 emissions of just 113g/km and the more powerful one 124g/km. Six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes will be offered.
In 2012 a more powerful twin-turbo version of the 1.7 diesel engine will be launched, while a 2.0-litre GDI direct-injection petrol engine will also make the line-up.
Hyundai engineers say they benchmarked the i40 against the Volkswagen Passat and Toyota Avensis. A longer wheelbase than a Passat ensures greater interior space.