Sketches show the i40W (wagon body style) looking very Insignia-like. The model will debut at the Geneva auto show next year and will go on sale in 2011 as a wagon and later as a 4-door sedan.
Here are four teaser sketches of the upcoming European-spec Hyundai i40W - the mid-sized replacement for the Sonata model in Europe.
The i40W was created at Hyundai's design studios in Germany, part of Hyundai and sister brand Kia's plan to develop models locally in Europe with more styling appeal for the fickle European markets.
The design certainly fits that mold, looking very much like an Opel Insignia Sports Tourer in the sketches here.
The i40W will come in two body styles - a four-door sedan and a wagon/estate. Although, only teasers for the wagon model were released as it will be debuting first.
Powering the i40W will be a series of diesel and petrol engines including the 1.6 liter GDI with 140 PS (103 kW) and a 2.0 liter with 177 PS (103 kW) topping out the range on the petrol side.
For the diesels, Hyundai will offer the 1.7 liter CRDI with either 115 PS (85 kW) or 136 PS (100 kW). Expected later will be the 2.0 liter CRDI featuring 177 PS (130 kW) mated to Hyundai's new dual-clutch gearbox.
The i40W (wagon) will make its debut at the Geneva auto show next March and will go on sale in Europe shortly afterwards. The 4-door sedan variant will go on sale in Europe next fall. The i40 will also make it to the United States market sometime in 2012.
[UPDATE: Press release and high-res photos added 20.12.2010]