February 18, 2011

Hyundai i40 revealed ahead Geneva Motor Show unveiling

Hyundai has published first pictures and inside informations of the i40 before its Geneva Motor Show unveiling. As a wagon edition, the i40 is Hyundai's first jab at the D-segment in Europe.

Fundamentally a European version of the Sonata in the U.S., the i40 has been redesigned on the outside to specialize the continent-wide models. Yet, the i40 has been produced specifically for the European market, with a bundle of powertrains, equipment and technology custom-built for European orientations. Market launching is anticipated to commence soon after its Geneva launching with the sedan following later in the year.

On the external Hyundai has given the i40 its 'fluidic sculpture' innovation language which can be identified by its hexagonal grille flanked by two jewel-like headlamps along with the glaring characterful lines that flow from front to rear.

Uniques features include heated and leaning front and rear seats; a fervent steering wheel; and an active de-mist system that automatically detects and clears mist on the windscreen.

Under the hood the i40 has a 1.7-litre diesel engine which emits just 113 g/km of CO2 emissions – a best-in-class figure according to Hyundai.

Also following the i40 in Geneva are the Curb concept and 1+2 Veloster both of which had their world premieres at the North American International Auto Show last month.