New estate will be launched in the UK next year with two 1.7 turbodiesel engines
14 December 2010

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.

See the official sketches of the new Hyundai i40 estate

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.

Read Autocar's development drive of the new i40

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.

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14 December 2010

This could be the mainstream breakthrough car for this group - interesting to see it in the metal and if it drives as well as the competition.

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14 December 2010

I really dont know why Hyundai are being so coy about this - sketches? disguises? production i40's are already around in several global markets and it seems the only changes that will be made for the UK market are slight less garish front grilles and LED lights - for based on 2011 Sonata read virtually identical - hence why all the cloak and dagger nonsense?

14 December 2010

Looks entirely well-proportioned and sleek but appears to be a total Mazda 6 clone.


14 December 2010

In the metal it isnt - it seems much larger than a 6 and is certainly far more imposing - they definitely raided the mercedes styling cues closet on this one.

seen a few driving round locally in several colours and it works well in most - surprisingly more so in white.

14 December 2010

I looks like front end of a S-max stuck to the back end of an Insignia, but its turned out pretty good.

14 December 2010

I must be getting old - when I saw the D pillar all I could think was "terrible reversing visibility".

14 December 2010

I must be getting old. I saw this and thought- tasty!

14 December 2010

When I saw this my first reaction was very Japanese/Asian blandness with a lack of real distinctiveness. Perhaps the final piccies will flatter it a bit more.

14 December 2010

[quote philcUK]production i40's are already around in several global markets[/quote] I don't think so. Are you thinking of the Kia sister car (which has a marked resemblance) or the Sonata?

15 December 2010

[quote HiltonH]I don't think so. Are you thinking of the Kia sister car[/quote]

not unless Kia have started using Hyundai badges on the grill and i40 badges on the boot. I've seen 3 i40's this week alone here (Mauritius) and autoexpress in the uk road tested a final production i40 in RSA several weeks ago also.

The sonata is easily distinguished by the different grill and the Kia passes only a very slight resemblance - even less so with its interior.

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