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Spy Shots: 2012 Hyundai Sonata Wagon

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Spy Shots: 2012 Hyundai Sonata Wagon

The stylish new 2011 Hyundai Sonata is just starting to hit roads all across the country but soon we’ll be seeing several other variants of the new four-door. We’re already seen the new 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid that’s set to go on sale towards the end of the year and beyond that we’ll see an all new Sonata Wagon as well.

Due early next year as a 2012 model, the new Sonata Wagon has been spotted for the first time in prototype form testing in Germany. Featuring a rakish profile and sloping rear hatch, the Sonata Wagon will be more lifestyle-oriented rather than practical.

Like the sedan variant, the new Sonata Wagon will be available with a pair of gasoline direct injection (GDI) four-cylinder engines, as well as an eventual gasoline-electric hybrid model.

The same car will go on sale in Europe labeled as the i40.



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Spy Shots: Hyundai Sonata wagon captured for the first time

by Sam Abuelsamid (RSS feed) on May 31st 2010 at 11:30AM

2011/2012 Hyundai Sonata wagon – Click above for high-res image gallery

We recently published some renderings of what a station wagon variant of the new Hyundai Sonata might look like, and we now have our first actual photos of the real thing undergoing testing. While it (predictably) doesn't feature the two-door shooting brake layout we might have hoped for, it actually does look quite close to the four-door image. Hyundai designers appear to have opted for more of a sporty slant-back look like the Audi Avant wagons than the more utilitarian box we typically get from Volvo.

When the Sonata launches in Europe, it is expected to adopt the current iXX naming convention used there to become the i40 Kombi. Europeans will apparently get the wagon first, followed by the sedan. At present, it remains unclear if the wagon will ever arrive in the States. From what we can see through the camo, the i40 will get a different grille from the North American model, as well as a different treatment around the base of the A-pillar. At least on this prototype, the Euro-version has chrome trim that wraps around the mirror, while the chrome on the American variant extends straight down to the trailing edge of the headlamp cluster.



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