All-New Hyundai i30 Wagon Unveiled Ahead of the Geneva Motor Show


Set to make its first public outing at next month's 2012 Geneva Auto Salon is the new Hyundai i30 Wagon, which is the second addition to the Korean automaker's C-segment model after the new generation five-door hatchback that was presented at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show.

Before we get into more details, allow us to remind you that in North America, the i30 hatchback will be sold as the Elantra GT, while the previous generation i30 Wagon is marketed under the Elantra Touring nameplate.

The new i30 Wagon shares its engines and running gear with the five-door model, but sports a longer body to increase trunk space. More specifically, the Wagon's length is increased by 185mm (7.3-in.) to 4,485mm (176.6-in.) over its five-door counterpart, which also makes it 10mm (0.4-in.) longer than the original i30 wagon.

As a result of the longer body, trunk space has been increased from 378-litres in the hatch to 528-litres in the Wagon. With the rear passenger seats folded down, cargo volume rises more than three-fold, to 1,642-litres.

Hyundai said that like the hatchback model, the i30 Wagon was also designed and engineered "specifically for European customers" at its European R&D Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

"The New Generation i30 has been widely praised for its style, quality, and value. Our new wagon offers all of those attributes plus even greater load-carrying capacity," commented Allan Rushforth, Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Europe.

"We expect it to appeal strongly to those looking for stylish and flexible practicality, especially active families," the Hyundai exec added.

Hyundai's new 2012 i30 wagon will be offered in Europe with the same three petrol engines and three diesel engines as the five-door, with outputs ranging from 88bhp to 133bhp (90PS to 135PS).

The Korean automaker did not say if or when the i30 Wagon will be available in other markets outside of Europe.



Peacemaker ic said... »February 23, 2012

i am sorry but where is the distinction between this and the new i40 wagon? this is slightly more sporty with flared wheel arches and a bolder crease and tail lights but that's it. Hyundai's designs are starting to go the say way as audi with all this repetition. i don't mean that in a good way either

Anonymous said... »February 23, 2012

i40 is much longer, interior maybe higher end too, and pricetag
... for some markets it does matter (even Europe) as long as the bigger sizes get new design first.

So i say nice GolfSW-sized car, well done Hyundai.

Alex said... »February 23, 2012

ikr; I thought i40 when I first saw the pic.

Me said... »February 23, 2012

Not bad, now give it the same turbo engine that's going in the Veloster and a manual tranny to make it a real sportwagen.

Mbp said... »February 23, 2012

Hyundai,please bring this to the states for 2013 model year.We might just trade in our 2010 Elantra Touring if the gas mileage is 30-40.We get 26-29 with ours.Can't wait!

Wheel Alignment Equipment said... »February 23, 2012

I read that this stylish, multipurpose vehicle features an ingenious seating system designed to make the most of its interior space. 

Farmer0904 said... »February 23, 2012

yea they beter stop this now because everything they done so far has been a hit...they just dont know what their doing lol

500 Miles said... »August 03, 2012

It's surprising that Hyundai has decided not to offer the i30 wagon in Australia. The excuse is that it's built in Europe, not Korea, so presumably it's too far to ship. Very odd. The previous i30 wagon made up 20% of i30 sales in Australia. Seems Hyundai could lose 6,000 sales. The i40 is a much bigger car, I think, and won't have the same appeal in cities like Sydney and Melbourne. Come on Hyundai. Bring the i30 wagon to Oz!  

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