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Hyundai's new i30 wagon is headed to US dealerships sometime in early 2008, and it will be badged as an Elantra. Wayne Killen, director of product planning at Hyundai Motor America says that, dynamically, the Elantra wagon will be positioned as a sporty handling vehicle. Unlike the European i30 wagon, which is powered by 1.6L engines (gasoline or diesel), the US-spec car will receive the same 138-horse 2.0L four-cylinder found in the current Elantra sedan. A 5-speed manual will come standard, with a 4-speed auto available as an option.

[Source: Automotive News (Sub Req'd)]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      A little late to the hot wagon party, but clean up seems to be their specialty.

      Look at the cute teeny weeny drilled discs!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Finally. I was waiting for them to bring this out here. This is a sister car for the Kia c'eed in Europe. Gorgeous car with quality to match.
      • 8 Years Ago
      jug o clorox
      yes its that one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      With only 4 gears (automatic) you can have wider ratio spread, but each shift is like jumping off a cliff, in terms of power production. See GM's 4L60 (3.059, 1.625, 1, 0.696) 4.4:1, and more often than not the torque converter is open, or opens up to reduce shifting.
      or you can have close spacing and low ratio spread.

      With only 5 gears (stick), close ratios are good for reducing synchronizer load, but the lack of ratio spread either hurts highway mileage, or low speed control.

      So a 6 speed stick with 5,9,13,17,21,25 mph/1K would be nice.
      An old 5 speed auto, AF33 with top gear 30mph would be good, the ratio spread is a bit low 4.7:1

      Although Aisin's newer TF-60SN would be more appreciated.
      • 8 Years Ago
      > the gropu of consumers that Hyundai will be targeting won't change minds by the size of the brake calipers.

      I think you probably mean brake rotors?

      Size isn't the issue -- the fact that they *drilled* the rotors on an economy car is what looks silly. There's not much chance that this "feature" will make it to production, although it's likely that Hyundai's traditional longitudinal engine cover on a transverse mounted engine will.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I know this sounds crazy, but I was hoping that we would just get a hatch version of the current Elantra. I love the size, the interior, and the quality. I'm worried this model will be too different and quirky. If it ends up just being a sportier Elantra, though, I'm all over it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Come on guys, let's relieve the Koreans once with these comparisons and acclaim them with the praises that they deserve. The i30 Wagon looks certainly more appealing in the real-life shots and even though it would be nicer if they were bigger, the gropu of consumers that Hyundai will be targeting won't change minds by the size of the brake calipers. The Elantra wagon is reborn and this is in a form of an MPV.

      The first spyshots of this, snapped in the US, had 6 seats which probably means this won't be grouped with station wagons, contrary to its predecessor in the 90's. The interior won't change much from the i30 hatchback except for the increase in space. The silver models in the gallery look like mock-ups to me, so nothing to get surprised over there.

      We'll have to wait and see on how Hyundai does this and if done correctly, which I am hoping for by taking a look through their 2007 line-up, this will be another Hyundai that GM and Toyota will have to take a second look on. The i30 Wagon, most likely dubbed the Elantra Wagon or somewhere around there, will fit in their 2008 line-up.

      William Lee- TheCarBlogger
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope we also get the Hatchback as well.... nontheless if the price is right this thing could be seriously considerable..... a little more power wouldn't hurt though....
      • 8 Years Ago
      > Can any one tell me why more gears are needed.

      It's a checklist item for a lot of people. Even people who don't know much about cars can see that 6 is bigger than 5, and 5 is bigger than 4.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Can any one tell me why more gears are needed. I keep reading from posters that five speeds aren't enough. I drove trucks with up to eighteen gears and the same trucks with an Alison had less. Both did the job pulling a lot of weight but having two more or two less gears were usually at the top end. SO, all those who are poo-pooing less gears and demanding more, please explain in engineering terms, why.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love the look. Now hyundai has an elantra 5 door again. Im very please at the line, better than the 4 door sedan. this should compete nicely against the toyota matrix, and it looks a hell of alot better.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the i30 hatchback and the i30 wagon are two different things.
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