What you see in the pictures is the facelifted Hyundai i40 wagon prototype testing on the roads. You must be wondering why the car maker has taken the pain to extensively camouflage a facelifted model, especially when that’s the practice for a new-gen test mule. Let’s explain further.
We know that this prototype isn’t the next-gen model since all the windows and the rear doors are similar to the current car. This wouldn’t be possible if the wheelbase hadn’t been the same. Furthermore, the silhouette of this test car, along with the placement of the side mirrors and the door handles are identical too.
Over the years, we have come to understand that car makers usually test and launch the sedan version of a next-gen car much before the wagon version is sighted. As a matter of fact, the wagon eventually gets introduced a year later or so. So if we were to apply this logic here, the first sighting of the next-gen i40 should essentially be of the sedan, and not this wagon version.
We must ideally be looking at probably the last refresh/facelift of the current-gen i40. Updates include the new grille, mildly refreshed bumpers and new internals for both the head lamps and tail lamps. One can also expect to see some fresh looking alloys, new paint shades and upholstery covers and other add-on features. The facelifted i40 wagon is likely to be unveiled in the first half of 2018, and will soldier-on until the new i40 rolls into the market.