Hyundai i40 will be available in sedan and wagon styles

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Hyundai just officially announced of its new D-segment car for Europe. The first Hyundai i40 made its way onto the web by the codename of ‘VF’ during development. The Hyundai i40 will be developed for both the European and North American markets that will compete the likes of Ford Mondeo, VW Passat and Citroen C5.

Hyundai just released a few teaser sketches of the upcoming European-spec Hyundai i40, which was created at Hyundai’s design studios in Germany. The i40 will come in two body styles of a four-door sedan and a station wagon. The four-door sedan is said to replace the Sonata model.

“We have bold ambitions for Hyundai in Europe, and the new i40 will provide the momentum we need to achieve our goals in 2011 and beyond. We expect the quality of the new i40 to continue the development of our image in Europe and attract new customers to the Hyundai brand,” commented Allan Rushforth, Vice President of Hyundai Motor Europe.

What we know so far for the European version of the Hyundai i40 is that it will be powered by a series of diesel and petrol engines including the 1.6 liter GDI with 138 horsepower and a 2.0-liter with 174 horsepower.

In the diesel variants, Hyundai will offer the 1.7-liter CRDI with either 113 hp or 134 hp, and later will be the 2.0-liter CRDI featuring 174 hp that is mated to a new dual-clutch gearbox.

The all-new Hyundai i40W (wagon) will make its world premiere at the 2011 Geneva Salon in March, with a four door sedan model following later in the same year. The 4-door sedan variant will go on sale in Europe next fall and later for U.S. market in 2012.

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i40: HYUNDAI’S NEW EUROPEAN FLAGSHIP

Hyundai has announced that its new D-segment car for Europe will be called i40. The i40, which was known by the codename ‘VF’ during development, arrives as the company embarks on the next phase of its brand and product evolution in Europe.

Set to make its world premiere at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March, the new i40 aims to further shift European consumer perception of Hyundai to a more aspirational position, thanks to the vehicle’s dynamic design and class-leading quality, performance and technical features.

The new i40 will be launched in estate form, with a saloon version following later in the year.

“We have bold ambitions for Hyundai in Europe, and the new i40 will provide the momentum we need to achieve our goals in 2011 and beyond. We expect the quality of the new i40 to continue the development of our image in Europe and attract new customers to the Hyundai brand,” commented Allan Rushforth, Vice President of Hyundai Motor Europe.

Designed at Hyundai’s European R&D facilities in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the new i40 is the company’s first D-segment model to be specifically developed for the European market. The car will progress the ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language, featuring the company’s signature hexagonal front grille and rakish lines which give the i40 a dynamic, sporty appearance by connecting the front, side and rear profiles.

The new i40 will also become Hyundai’s most innovative model on sale in Europe, including the latest environmental technologies developed under the company’s Blue DriveTM eco-program, and a powertrain line-up which boasts best-in-class performance and fuel economy, and very low CO2 emissions.

“The i40 perfectly combines the four elements that have become core Hyundai values: practicality, performance, efficiency, and styling. Our designers and engineers have produced a car that encapsulates what European motorists look for in a D-segment vehicle.”

The i40 will benefit from industry leading Five Year Triple Care package that includes a five-year unlimited millage warranty, five years’ roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.

More details on i40 will be available nearer the time of its motor show world premiere in Geneva in March 2011.

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