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Old 07-18-2018, 08:44 AM
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Default 2019/20 Hyundai i40

https://www.carscoops.com/2018/07/ne...w-next-sonata/

I guess Hyundai perceives the sales of it#s i40 in a quickly shrinking market outside th eUS and otehr Sonata markets still relevant enough to bring a second generation model:





Like most D-segment cars nowadays, it tries the 4 door coupe look,including the fastback greenhouse (but, as it appears, no hatchback), and quite some swoopy surface treatment on the sides. From what we can see, it does look way better and more interesting than the "ELantra XXL" vibes that the currnet i40 gives, but question is why bother with a bespoke 4 door sedan for Europe when the rest of the world is happy with the Sonata. The i40s I see are all estates (those seem to sell decenbt enough, given that Hyundai is not a fleet player in the size of VW or Ford in Europe), so I guess that will be teh way more relevant body style here, which, of course, could also just be a Sonata wagon (which, with the usual cross treatment, could work in the US as well)
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Old 07-18-2018, 09:31 PM
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Does the i40 share a platofrm w/ the US Sonata?

I think this is quite attractive and would step up from the current Sonata (which is deathly boring to look at, if well-reviewed), w/o being as, er, flamboyant as an Accord or Camry (the former of which looks very "bottom-heavy" to me).
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Old 07-18-2018, 11:19 PM
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Does the i40 share a platofrm w/ the US Sonata?...
Yes.

It makes you wonder why they have two very similarly sized vehicles--three if you count the mechanically identical Kia Optima/K5.
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Old 07-19-2018, 06:57 AM
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Yes.

It makes you wonder why they have two very similarly sized vehicles--three if you count the mechanically identical Kia Optima/K5.
Whilst having a related Kia is quite normal, the Sonata and slightly smaller (few cm, in wheelbase and length) i40 otherwise looking a lot alike, make about as much sense as the two different VW Passats for the US and Europe....
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Old 07-19-2018, 07:26 AM
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this BETTER Be a hatchback ... ... ...bag those wheels/wheelcovers(?) too!
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Old 07-19-2018, 08:03 AM
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this BETTER Be a hatchback
Looking at the rear window and the cut lines of the trunk, I kind of doubt it, but yes, it would make a lot of sense, especially if this is an "Europe only" model...
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Old 07-19-2018, 02:54 PM
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A hatchback would be a European delight. The Buick Regal isn't going regally here. I guess sedans are falling out of favor, but hatchbacks pretending to be sedans are already dead.
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:42 PM
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The Buick Regal isn't going regally here.
To be fair, the previous Regal was a sales flop and, well, aren't all Buicks sales flops in the US?

I know LA is hardly representative of the US, but Audi A5 Sportbacks and BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe actually do recently around here.
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To be fair, the previous Regal was a sales flop and, well, aren't all Buicks sales flops in the US?

I know LA is hardly representative of the US, but Audi A5 Sportbacks and BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe actually do recently around here.
The LaCrappe isn't doing well, but I guess the Enslave, Encision, and Endive are going OK.
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