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Hyundai revealed the first photos of their i40 Tourer, a European market station wagon that stands a good chance of coming to our shores as a Sonata wagon.
European media were given a preview of the vehicle, and initial reports are crammed with the usual nauseating marketing fluff, but we do know that with the rear seats up, there’s roughly 20 cubic feet of cargo space, increasing to 60.7 with the seats folded down. Available features include Bluetooth, a navigation system, lane-departure warning, 9 airbags and heated rear seats. A stop-start system is also available.
Just like the title says, it appears that Hyundai is prepping a wagon variant of its slick new Sonata sedan. Wagons have traditionally been met with a cool reception here in North America, but they are a must have vehicle for any manufacturer outside Canada or the U.S., where they are the family car of choice, rather than the SUV or Minivan.
Hyundai’s i35 (known here as the Elantra Touring) has been met with a positive reception in Europe. The Sonata has been sold in Europe before, but the new car has yet to go on sale, perhaps because Hyundai is waiting to launch both sedan and wagon at the same time. The Sonata has knocked off the mighty Honda Accord from the family sedan throne, and we expect the wagon to be a compelling rival to the Subaru Outback, as well as other crossovers…if it ever comes here.
See all the spy photos at the link below: