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Hyundai i30 wagon revealed

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24th February, 2012

Ahead of the global debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the next-generation i30 wagon has broken cover. The wagon is the second version of the new i30 line-up, and joins the five-door hatchback to broaden the appeal of Hyundai’s small car range.

The stylish wagon has a longer body to provide a significant increase in luggage space without compromising the model’s dynamic styling.

The wagon’s overall length is increased by 185 mm over its five-door 'sibling' to 4,485 mm, making it one of the most accommodating vehicles in the small segment, and 10 mm longer than the original i30 wagon.

Compared with the five-door, the wagon expands luggage space from 378-litres to 528-litres – and with the rear passenger seats folded down, cargo volume increases more than three-fold, to 1,642-litres.

Like the hatchback, the new i30 wagon was designed and engineered at Hyundai’s European R&D Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The wagon was developed alongside the hatchback form from the earliest stages, enabling the stylists to fashion a coherent design that bears a strong family resemblance inspired by Hyundai’s so-called fluidic sculpture form language.

As with the five-door variant, the front is distinguished by Hyundai’s hexagon-shaped grille and jewel-like headlamps, but from the B-pillar backwards the wagon differs significantly. The roofline extends rearwards over the flexible passenger/cargo area, sloping to add dynamism to the car’s stance in keeping with the fluidic sculpture ethos of a stationary car appearing to be in motion.

Further enhancing the wagon’s dynamic appearance, a pronounced crease line runs horizontally along the sides of the body and rises all the way to the tail lights. The rear windscreen wraps around the D-pillars, enhancing the light and spacious interior and benefiting visibility. The deep tailgate gives the car a clean look and opens to bumper-level for easy loading.

In Europe, the next-generation i30 wagon will be available with the same three petrol engines and three diesel engines as the five-door, producing 66 kW to 99 kW.

The next-generation i30 wagon will be unveiled alongside Hyundai’s other newcomers next month at Switzerland's Geneva Motor Show.


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