Scoop: Hyundai Freshening Up i40 Mid-Size Series

Our spy shooters have nabbed a facelifted version of the Hyundai i40 in Tourer (station wagon) trim undergoing testing in Germany.

The prototype model sports a redesigned, six-point front grille with horizontal slats, similar to the one found on the latest Sonata and the production-intent ix25 SUV Concept. The front bumper is also new and may be hiding LED daytime running lights on the corner vents behind the black and white camouflage.

We cannot see any other changes on the car, but there’s always the possibility this is an early development tester and that Hyundai is working on more cosmetic tweaks, such as new head- and tail-lamps.

Designed and engineered in Europe to partially replace the Sonata and offer Hyundai a competitor in the D-segment against the Ford Mondeo and VW Passat, the i40 was presented in both sedan and estate forms in 2011 offering a selection of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

By John Halas

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