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Hyundai Shows The i40 Estate In Geneva, But Don’t Expect It Here

Posted in Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai by Kurt Ernst | February 20th, 2011 | 8 Responses |

The i40 Estate is a European market, midsize wagon version of the latest Hyundai Sonata sedan. Hyundai released these pics ahead of the cars debut in Geneva, and the i40 should be on sale in Europe later this year. Sadly, the chances of the right-sized wagon making it to this side of the Atlantic aren’t good, despite interest from consumers and Hyundai Motors America personnel alike. I say “bring it”, and if the 1.7 liter turbo-diesel motors can’t be EPA certified for a reasonable cost, feel free to use the 2.4 liter four from the Sonata sedan or (even better) the 2.0 liter turbo from the Sonata Turbo. A reasonably priced midsize wagon with 274 horsepower and a six speed? I’d be on that like Charlie Sheen on an eight ball.

In the EU, the base motor will be the aforementioned 1.7 liter turbo diesel, available in 113 horsepower and 134 horsepower variants. A 2.0 liter gasoline engine will be introduced later in the year, and customers are likely to get both the six speed manual and the six speed automatic transmission. The next new Hyundai model likely to make it to the United States is an updated version of the Elantra Touring, Hyundai’s compact five-door wagon. The car will be based on the next generation of the European i30 wagon, which has yet to make it’s debut.

Source: Motor Trend

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8 Responses

  1. Jen says:

    Of course. It’s something I would actually buy so of course it’s never coming here. Like a Civic Type-R. Can you go back to Alabama and beg them to bring it here?? My vote is for the 2.0T. I mean really, what wagon options are there that are NOT luxury-branded? Hmmm….a Jetta Sportwagen annnnnd…yeah, nothing. Maybe people are buying CUVs because there’s nothing else to choose from if they need the space (in response to the inevitable comment that “Americans don’t buy wagons”).

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      Jen, there is the Acura TSX Sportwagon, but that’s quite a bit bigger than the VW Jetta Sportwagen and the Hyundai i40 Estate. It looks good, though.

      • Jen says:

        LOL I know Acura is more like “faux luxury” but to my budget, they’re luxury. Not to mention, I’ve yet to read a positive review of the TSX wagon. I applaud Acura for doing it, but I wish their execution had been better suited to the American market…all this is going to do is most likely perpetuate the myth that Americans don’t buy wagons…well, no, we don’t when they suck.

  2. eddie_357 says:

    looks like its got alot of junk in the trunk

  3. Vito Casetti says:

    Lol @ Jen

    Looking forward to this :) over here in the UK. Due to be unveiled today. The reveal (http://www.hyundai-i40.eu/)already got me itching for it

  4. MP says:

    Hyundai i40 is a really great car that change my view on Hyundai!

    I had the Hyundai i40 for a test drive in Oslo last week, and it’s almost to true to be good :)