Hyundai's new i40 may be a midsize car exclusive to Europe but that shouldn't stop us from admiring what looks like one of the sleekest estates in the market today.
Designed and engineered at Hyundai's research and development headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the i40 is the latest model from the Korean carmaker to have a purely European identity. With Hyundai's "fluidic sculpture" design language, the new i40's front fascia closely resembles that of the Accent's and of the Elantra's. Flanking the hexagonal grille are the two jewel-like headlamps to give it a contemporary look accentuated by the character line that flows through the door handles to connect the front of the vehicle to the rear.
Two powerplant options will be offered for the i40: a 2.0-liter Nu petrol unit that delivers higher torque for enhanced drivability, better fuel economy, reduced emissions and greater refinement and durability, and a 1.7-liter IU-II diesel engine that produces as little as 113 grams per kilometer of carbon dioxide.
"The i40 is a perfect example of how we are offering the best and making it accessible to everyone. From stunning design and specification, to industry-leading technology and aftersales care--the i40 sets itself apart from its competitors," said Hyundai Motor Europe senior vice president and chief operating officer Allan Rushforth.
After the launch of the i40 and its estate form at the Geneva International Motor Show, a sedan body style for Hyundai's Europe-only midsize car will debut later this year.