23 Feb, 2012 08:11 CET
- New wagon marries spacious interior with stylish exterior
- Load-carrying capacity increased by longer body and bigger trunk
- Designed, engineered and manufactured in Europe, for Europe
Before it’s official debut at 2012’s Geneva Motor Show, we have been given a sneak preview of the New Generation i30 wagon. This is the second member of New Generation’s i30 family, and will join the 5 door hatchback to further broaden the appeal of the Hyundai C segment range.
This is a very stylish wagon that share both its engine and running gear with the popular New Generation i30 5 door, but it has a longer body to give a significant increase in the size of the boot without compromising any of the vehicle’s dynamic styling.
The overall length of the wagon is 4485mm; an extra 185mm over its 5 door sibling, and 10mm longer than the original i30 wagon which makes it one of the most accommodating vehicles in the C segment of Europe. Compared to the 5 door, the boot space in the wagon expands from 378L to the best in class 528L, and once the back seats are folded down the cargo volume more that triples, and reaches 1642L.
Like its hatchback sibling, the New Generation i30 wagon was designed and engineered specifically for European customers at Hyundai’s European R&D Centre inRüsselsheim,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 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 swage line runs horizontally along the sides of the body and rises all the way to the rear lights. The rear windscreen wraps around the D-pillars, increasing interior luminosity and benefiting visibility. The deep tailgate gives the car a clean look and opens to bumper-level for easy loading.
The New Generation i30 wagon will be available with the same three gasoline engines and three diesel engines as the five-door, producing 90 to 135 ps.
Buyers of the New Generation i30 wagon will benefit from Five Year Triple Care, comprising a five-year unlimited warranty, five years’ roadside assistance, and five years of vehicle health checks.
Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “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. We expect it to appeal strongly to those looking for stylish and flexible practicality, especially active families.”
The New Generation i30 wagon will be unveiled alongside Hyundai’s other newcomers during the company’s press conference in Hall 1 at09:45(CET) on Tuesday 6thMarch 2012.