High-res pictures and early details of the new Hyundai i40
17 September 2009

This is the new Hyundai Sonata, which was launched in Korea today.

The new Sonata is expected to be sold as the i40 in Europe, and will go on sale in the UK in late 2010. European sales are expected to begin with an estate version, with saloon and hatch models following later in 2011.

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Hyundai believes the new Sonata represents a huge leap forward for the company in terms of styling and quality.

"The Sonata will set a new standard for world class mid-size sedans with state-of-the-art technology, superior build quality and emotional design," said Euisun Chung, Hyundai's vice chairman at the launching ceremony for the car in Seoul. "The new Sonata will raise Hyundai's brand values."

The engine range is described by an insider as "exceptional" and will include the 'R' diesels recently announced for the ix35 and Santa Fe, plus a series of small petrol and diesel engines.

The new Korean spec Sonata is 4820mm long, 1835mm wide and 1470mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2795mm -making it a little longer and wider than the outgoing car, and slightly lower.

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17 September 2009

2 million mini cab drivers surveyed said, "yes please".

Actually it's a big step forward in mini cab development.

Where has all Japanese design went to?

17 September 2009

From the front it looks like a a peugout 607 mixed with an old LS430 lexus.

17 September 2009

I hope this sells well in the UK. A few years of chronic depreciation should see this a real bargain in 2012. Unless of course, the badge isn't "premium" enough for you.

  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

17 September 2009

[quote BriMarsh]

I hope this sells well in the UK. A few years of chronic depreciation should see this a real bargain in 2012. Unless of course, the badge isn't "premium" enough for you.

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Of course you mean in 2010 when it is worth 40% of it's new value. It looks even worse in reality, like a 607 that's had a nasty accident with a lamp post. And wasn't that interior on the last Primera? Still, the cabbies will be used to it.

I'm still convinced the only 2 countries this will sell well in are Korea and US. 'Borrowing' styling and technology form 10 year old designs is not the way to enter the premium sector. And how much will this be in the end? £25k? The 'cluster ioniser' graphic is rather amusing though, like some '80s AIWA stereo...if they had ionisers.

18 September 2009

God, I love Korean design. If you thought the BMW 1 series had been swooped, you haven't seen half the Korean's portfolio of cars. And now they've learnt how to crispen those curves, a tad BMW, but who really cares when it looks that good?

18 September 2009

[quote danielc]God, I love Korean design.[/quote] Nurse! danielc is out of bed again

18 September 2009

As I said in the other thread it looks better than the old Sonata. However, the more I see it the more I just see a Passat CC wannabe on the cheap.

Love that one of the photos appears to show a version with a cab sign on the roof.

18 September 2009

If this i40 looks like a Passat CC wannabe then isn't the Passat CC just a Mercedes CLS wannabe?

18 September 2009

[quote JonathanLGardner]If this i40 looks like a Passat CC wannabe then isn't the Passat CC just a Mercedes CLS wannabe?
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In concept yes, but not the design details. It's those details which I can see in the Sonata. The creases down the bonnet, side of the car etc.

19 September 2009

Brave design. If it drives as well as it looks then, for me, it will stop the 'taxi' comments just as the Coupe appealed to those who were untainted by badge snobbery.

Yes, it is still somewhat derivative. But the overall effect is pleasing, at least to my eyes - it's nice too, to see the interior styling matching the exterior for once. Too many times, especially with euro designs, the money runs out and the interior is the saving venue.

Comments about Aiwa stereos may well be accurate, but for me the dash design is preferable to the constantly recycled Audi, Merc and Beemer designs and makes the likes of the Insignia's dash seem outmoded already.

This company has come a long, long way in a short time since recycling old Mitsubishi components.

As has been observed in the past "If you want reliability, see what the mini-cabber's use".

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