Hyundai has released some sketches of the upcoming 2012 Hyundai i40W, a car to be unveiled at the Geneva show next year. It's the replacement to the current Hyundai Sonata sold exclusively in Europe, and is set to rival the likes of the Ford Mondeo and the Volkswagen Passat.
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Hyundai and Kia in Europe have their own design studio in Germany so that each model can be created to suit the European market. According to reports though, this model, in some variation, will be sold in the US as well. It will go on sale there some time in 2012 after its official launch in Europe.

Upon closer inspection, the car hints Opel Insignia personality in its design. Featuring a handsome and well-proportioned front end that blends in all the way to the rear, there's no denying the European style. Each line and kink is consistent with the rest of the body.

It will be powered by a range of petrol and diesel engine options, including a 2.0-litre, 132kW petrol and a 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine developing 103kW of power.

In the diesel lineup, there'll be a 1.7-litre CRDI diesel engine offering a choice of either 85kW or 100kW of power. Reports say a 2.0-litre CRDI diesel engine outputting around 130kW will also join the range some time after the car's initial launch. This later engine is expected to come with Hyundai's new dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

The Hyundai i40W is set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March next year and will go on sale in Europe shortly after. A sedan version will follow later in 2011.