Hyundai has revealed the New Generation i30 wagon ahead of its global launch at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle, which is the second member of the New Generation i30 range, takes its place beside the five-door hatchback to expand the appeal of the automaker's C-segment lineup. The stylish wagon has the same running gear and engines as the popular New Generation i30 five-door.
It has a longer body compared to the five-door unit in order to have a considerably larger trunk space without sacrificing model's dynamic styling. The overall length of the i30 wagon has been increased to 4485 mm, which is 185 mm longer than the five-door model and 10 mm longer than the original i30 wagon.
Due to the increased length, the new wagon is one of the most accommodating automobiles in the European C-segment. The wagon has the best-in-class trunk space with its capacity of 528 liters, compared to the five-door which only has 378 liters.
With the back passenger seats folded down, cargo volume is expanded to 1,642 liters. As with the five-door version, the front is characterized by the jewel-like headlamps and hexagon-shaped grille of Hyundai. However, the wagon differs significantly from the B-pillar rearwards. Meanwhile, the roofline extends backwards over the flexible cargo/passenger area.
It slopes to enhance the dynamism of the vehicle's bearing in keeping with the fluidic sculpture ethos of a vehicle in standstill but appearing to be in motion. In addition, a distinct swage line runs horizontally along the vehicle's sides and climbs to the back lights. The windscreen at the back drapes around the D-pillars, enhancing visibility and interior luminosity.
The deep tailgate provides the vehicle with a seamless appeal. It opens to bumper-level for convenient loading. In Europe, the New Generation i30 wagon will come with the same three diesel engines and three petrols as the five-door, delivering 90 ps to 135 ps. The full specification for the United Kingdom will be disclosed at a later date.
One thing that owners of the new Hyundai i30 Wagon will surely enjoy is its roomier interior – which is more spacious than its five-door sibling. Occupants on the Wagon’s front cabin are treated to 1,033 mm (plus 12 mm compared to five-door variant) in headroom, 1,067 mm in legroom and 1,420 mm in shoulder room. Occupants on the rear cabin benefit from 1,005 mm in headroom (plus 38 mm compared to five-door variant).
Moreover, accessing the rear seats is now easier for rear passengers thanks to a lower central floor tunnel measuring just 54 mm (from 133 mm). All of these are thanks to the fact the Hyundai i30 Wagon is around 185-mm longer (at 4,485 mm) than the five-door i30 – even though both body styles are riding on the same wheelbase measuring 2,650 mm.
Cargo capacity as well as practicality is also greater in the Hyundai i30 Wagon. It could accommodate up to 528 liters of cargo when the rear seats are up, representing a 27-percent increase in luggage capacity (plus 113 liters) over the original i30. With this cargo capacity, the Hyundai i30 Wagon dominates in not only its segment but also in its class, and could even beat certain D-segment vehicles. Once the seats are folded, the i30 Wagon’s cargo capacity expands to 1,642 liters, representing an 18-percent increase over the hatchback version. Not only that, the Hyundai i30 Wagon comes with an underfloor storage compartment.
Interior space is not the only element improved in the new generation i30 Wagon, but also the overall cabin refinement.