Barely a month before its official debut, Hyundai gave everyone a taste of what’s to come with the 2017 Hyundai i30 Wagon. Despite what little was shown, it did not disappoint as the general consensus is that the boot capacity of this latest offering is expected to be greater than the previous model.
This newest version is the third generation of this family hauler and looking at its side, it’s apparent that the roofline has been extended and the rear end redesigned. No wonder Hyundai can easily say that the capacity of the trunk is indeed larger. By how much larger? Compared to the Kia cee’d SW with a trunk capacity of 528 liters, the new 2017 i30 Wagon is expected to offer a total volume that is larger by 17 liters.
With regards to the unit that powers the 2017 i30 Wagon, it is expected to be the same as that of the one inside the five-door hatchback. Specifically, this is the 1.4-liter turbocharged gas-powered engine capable of 138 hp (103 kW) with maximum torque of 197 lb.-ft. (242 Nm). For those who think this is too much power, Hyundai is offering a 1.4-liter naturally-aspirated version that can deliver 100 hp. As if that is not enough, Hyundai is also giving customers the chance to have the three-cylinder turbocharged 1.0-liter engine with output of 120 hp.
Those engines though are fit for driving in the urban jungle on a daily basis. For those who think they will be doing a lot of driving on the highway, a better option would be the turbocharged 1.6-liter diesel engine that can come in either the 95 hp, 110 hp, or the 136 hp versions.
In terms of transmission, Hyundai will be offering the option to have the manual six-speed unit of the automatic dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox. The actual transmission that will be equipped though will mainly depend on what engine is equipped inside.
According to Hyundai, the 2017 i30 Wagon will extend beyond what is currently offered. This is expected to occur during the latter part of the year with the N hot hatch to be offered in the 250 hp version or the 275 hp variant. In the early part of next year, Hyundai will then complete the range by introducing the sleek fastback version. Sad news though for those who want the three-door coupe variant as it will not be included in this current generation.
The new 2017 i30 Wagon was first previewed during the Paris Auto Show last year and due to the use of a new architecture, this version is lighter by 62 lbs. (28 kg) compared to the outgoing model. It is even more rigid by 22%. These improvements are largely due to having 53% of the chassis using Advanced High-Strength Steel.
The 2017 i30 Wagon will be presented during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show on March 7 with the sale scheduled to occur after that.