Hyundai shows first sketch of i40 sedan
The replacement to the Sonata was revealed in its estate bodystyle at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year which, unusually will be the first version to be launched.
The i40 saloon will be the latest model to be unveiled under the company’s new brand slogan, "New Thinking. New Possibilities".
The carmaker is keen to emphasis the European identity of the model, which as been designed and engineered at the European R&D headquarters of Hyundai in Rüsselsheim, Germany and uses the latest version of the company’s "fluidic sculpture" design language.
'We have used very strong, fluid lines from front to rear to give i40 a distinctive appearance,' commented Thomas Bürkle, chief designer at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre. 'We wanted to move away from the typical three-box saloon and create a car that was in keeping with the sporty nature of the i40 estate. By sculpting a low, elongated roof line, we’ve given the i40 saloon a striking coupe-like silhouette,' he said.
Allan Rushforth, senior vice president and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: 'The launch of the saloon represents the next step of the i40’s introduction to the European market, following the very positive reception for the i40 estate. The i40 saloon shares the same qualities found in the estate, including a dynamic design element, and broadens the appeal of the i40 to buyers in the D-segment.
'The saloon market in Spain is very strong, claiming almost 40% of the D-Segment, so the Barcelona Motor Show was the logical choice for a reveal of such importance,' he added.