2011 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The Hyundai i40, essentially a Sonata wagon, will make its world debut on March 1 at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show.
- "We have no plans for a Sonata wagon in the U.S.," a Hyundai spokesman told Edmunds.com on Friday.
- The Hyundai i40 wagon will be introduced in Europe this year, with a sedan version to follow, the company said.
"We have no plans for a Sonata wagon in the U.S.," said Dan Bedore, Hyundai Motor America spokesman in a phone conversation on Friday with Edmunds.com.
Hyundai said in a statement that the i40 is "developed specifically for the European market, with a package of powertrains, equipment and technology tailored for European tastes."
The i40 will roll out in Europe in wagon form this year, followed by a sedan version later in the year.
The emphasis is on luxury, including such items as heated and reclining front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel and an active de-mist system that automatically detects and clears mist on the windshield. Hyundai described all of those features as "new technologies for Hyundai."
The i40 was designed and engineered at the automaker's Russelsheim research and development headquarters outside Frankfurt.
Hyundai did not release technical specifications on the i40, but noted that one powertrain choice will be a 1.7-liter diesel engine.
Edmunds.com says: You'll have to admire this Hyundai wagon from afar, since we won't get it. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent