GENEVA MOTOR SHOW: Hyundai reveals first pictures of i40
Designed and engineered at Hyundai’s R&D headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the i40 is the company’s first D-segment vehicle to be developed specifically for the European market, with a package of powertrains, equipment and technology tailored for European tastes. It will be shown in Geneva in estate form, and unusually this will be the first i40 bodystyle to be introduced to Europe, with a saloon to follow later this year.
Hyundai says the forthcoming model fits in with its new concept of "modern premium" – the philosophy that premium quality and characteristics should be accessible to everyone – and will offer a class-leading level of standard equipment as well as new Hyundai technologies such as heated and reclining front and rear seats; a heated steering wheel; and an active demist system that automatically detects and clears mist on the windscreen.
Powertrains will include a 1.7-litre diesel engine, codenamed "UII", that will emit from 113g/km of CO2 emissions.
Allan Rushforth, senior vice president and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: 'Offering more for less has always been a fundamental principle at Hyundai, and now we are advancing this with our new brand direction under the "New Thinking. New Possibilities." slogan. 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.'
The i40 will be joined on stage by Hyundai’s new 1+2 door Veloster coupe, set for launch in Europe later in 2011, and the Curb concept, both of which are making their European debuts in Geneva, following their unveilings at Detroit.