Earlier this week Hyundai communications manager Bill Thomas said Australia’s growing preference for SUVs over wagons offers a clear indication as to why the i30 Tourer (aka wagon) was pulled from Australian showrooms at the end of 2015.
Nevertheless, Hyundai’s new i30 variant is an attractive interpretation of a hatch-based wagon. The new-generation i30 Wagon follows the design template set by the i30 hatch, sporting the same headlights and tail lamps as well as Hyundai’s signature ‘cascading grille’. The main differences occur behind the C-pillar.
The new design, with its tapering roofline, gives the Wagon a sportier look. While the wheelbase remains the same as the i30 hatch at 2650mm, it grows in overall length to 4585mm, adding 74 litres of seats-up boot space to the previous-gen wagon’s 528-litre capacity for a total of 602L.
The i30 will also include plenty of safety gear, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Blind Sport Detector, Lane Keeping Assist System and Speed Limit Information Function.
It will also offer customers updated connectivity with features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a wireless charging system for smartphones.
It will be powered by either a 1.6-litre turbo diesel or one of three petrol engines, including an all-new 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering 103kW of power, and the 88kW 1.0-litre three-cylinder. A 1.6-litre turbo petrol will headline the range
More information on the i30 Wagon will be revealed next month at its official debut in Geneva.