Hyundai i40 Stars at Geneva

After the ix35 was released I was really excited to see Hyundai creating some angular sharp vehicles.  The ix20 came along and also fitted seamlessly into the new brand design focus...but...

As our earlier post shows via @Jon_Quirk, the unveil of the i40 looked promising, with those little happy looking running lights and the overall shape of the covered new D-segment vehicle for the brand.  After Hyundai just released these photos, I'm afraid it's left me feeling a little underwhelmed.

Competing with the likes of Mondeo and Laguna, the newest Hyundai looks like it will sit comfortably alongside the imposing fleet cars, instead of leaving a lasting image of it's shiny rear end.  

What I am trying to say is that, I can't really see any obvious styling advantages. Of course without seeing it in the flesh that's all I can base my opinions on, and I'm not saying it isn't a good car, just that it doesn't make me say 'Oh cool' like one of those cheesy dubbed toy adverts from my nineties childhood.

Aside my findings however, I can tell you it will come with a class-leading 1.7l diesel engine emitting just 113g/km of CO2.  Other features of Hyundai's new 'Modern Premium' concept applied to the i40 are, heated seats and steering wheel, reclining front and rear seats and a new automatic de-misting windscreen feature, all new technologies for the Korean brand.

Pretty car Hyundai, just not show stopping unfortunately.  The i40 will be shown at Geneva in March and be available on the road later on this year.