Hyundai has opened the curtains on the i30 wagon it will be bringing to the Geneva Motor Show, and it's a slightly less svelte five-door version of i30 hatch that debuted in Frankfurt. With its hump providing appreciably more space behind the B-pillar, Hyundai says the i30 wagon has best-in-class cargo room at 528 liters (18.6 cubic feet).

It appears to fall right in the competitive sweet spot Hyundai says it's gunning for. At 4,485 millimeters the i30 wagon is 50 millimeters longer than the Volkswagen Golf Estate and 35 millimeters shorter than the seven-seat Ford Grand C-Max. The Golf Estate advertises cargo capacity of 505 liters with the rear seats up, and the best the Grand C-Max can muster is 475 liters if you opt for the tire-repair kit instead of the mini spare. The i30 splits the cargo room of the VW and the Ford with the rear seats down, but beats the five-seat C-Max.

The i30 wagon will offer three direct-injection gas engines and three diesels when it goes on sale later this year. Exact specs haven't been divulged, but outputs will range from 93 to 132 horsepower. A press release with more details is available after the jump.
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- New wagon marries spacious interior with stylish exterior
- Load-carrying capacity increased by longer wheelbase and bigger trunk
- Designed, engineered and manufactured in Europe, for Europe

Offenbach, 23rd February 2012 -- Ahead of its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the New Generation i30 wagon has today broken cover. It is the second member of the New Generation i30 family, and joins the five-door hatchback to broaden the appeal of Hyundai's C-segment range.

The stylish wagon shares engines and running gear with the well-received New Generation i30 five-door, but has a longer body to create a significant increase in trunk space without compromising the model's dynamic styling.

The i30 wagon's overall length is increased by 185 mm to 4485 mm over its five-door sibling, making it one of the most accommodating vehicles in the European C-segment, and 10 mm longer than the original i30 wagon.

Compared with the five-door, the wagon expands trunk space from 378-litres to a best-in-class 528-litres – and with the rear passenger seats folded down, cargo volume increases more than three-fold, to 1,642-litres.

Like its hatchback sibling, the New Generation i30 wagon was designed and engineered specifically for European customers at Hyundai's European R&D Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany. It 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 across Europe with the same three petrol direct injection engines and three diesel engines as the five-door, producing 95 to 135 ps. The full UK specification will be confirmed at a later date.

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 at 09:45 (CET) on Tuesday 6th March 2012.

About Hyundai
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Motor Group, which has ranked as the world's fifth-largest automaker since 2007 and includes over two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Employing over 75,000 people worldwide, Hyundai Motor sold approximately 3.6 million vehicles globally in 2010. Hyundai vehicles are sold in 186 countries through some 5,300 dealerships and showrooms. Hyundai Motor UK Ltd has been named Best Car Manufacturer 2011 by Which? magazine and Car Franchise of the Year by Motor Trader in 2010 and 2011. All passenger cars now come with Hyundai's industry-leading 5 year Triple Care package. Further information about Hyundai and its products is available at

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Don Kim
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its funny that every single time there's a new hyundai or Kia, Americans try to say it looks like something... And they would reply this comment by saying "but that is true". Such a typical comment by them.... Sorry... I don't want to be like this, but I just don't like anything about America
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Don Kim
        How do you judge cars besides looks? Handling performance and affordability only can go so far. Idiot!!
          Don Kim
          • 3 Years Ago
          I probably don't see any positive yanks here anyways
      • 3 Years Ago
      Definitely not going to get this in the US, but looks like Hyundai is continuing to bring it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't like the tiny slits of windows in back. Hyundai really likes the swooping beltline & creases on the sides of cars. I don't.
      • 3 Years Ago
        Don Kim
        • 3 Years Ago
        maybe you need to test drive it before you even say its sh!t
        Don Kim
        • 3 Years Ago
        You never know what its like thats cuz you are stereotyping cars
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like the new Lexus corporate face.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Huge fan of hatchbacks! This one looks great too!
      Bret Frohwein
      • 3 Years Ago
      NOt too bad but.. I'm on the hyundai site now. looking @ the 2013 Elantra GT.. I think the front end on the GT looks better than the above picture. assuming it's basically the same car.
      Mike Cornell
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, if they give us both the hatch & wagon, it would be nice but it looks like we'll just get the hatch. I would prefer the wagon.
      Jorge Felix Marrero
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is a euro only thing right?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jorge Felix Marrero
        So far. We in the US do not buy wagons. Unless you call them "touring" or disguise them as SUVettes.
          • 3 Years Ago
          Exactly--the current i30 wagon is sold in US as the "Elantra" Touring. It sounds like Hyundai plans to sell the i30 hatch as a US Elantra this time around, not the wagon, but it's not clear until it goes on sale.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a relieve, I thought the Elantra GT hatchback is going to replace the old Touring, but this is the real replacement. It offers a bit more cargo room for the young family than the GT. Let's hope Hyundai will price it competitively and I shall line up for one. There is hardly any small station wagon....urrr... touring available anymore. The VW is not reliable enough and pricey, the Toyota Matrix is cheap inside, and boring. Hyundai, please bring it to North America. If at all possible, put this on the option list: the 2 liter turbo + All wheel drive.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This looks considerably more cargo-y, almost C-max like. We'll never get it in the U.S. though.
      Gene Yuss
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wagons are not as plentiful here in SoCal as CUV's, but the high riding Toyota Venza CUV/Wagon is rather plentiful and I'd like to see more wagon options. As a Mazda 5 owner looking to replace our 2nd vehicle (an SUV), the Venza or Outback looks to be our only serious wagon option. A Sonata Hybrid Touring would be out of the park awesome, Hyundai.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gene Yuss
        A lot of us here would love to see more wagon options, but sadly most of the U.S. would rather buy something *similar to* a wagon, but with worse handling and fuel economy. So you get vehicles like the Venza or the bloated new Outback. Just like the manual transmission, true station wagons are becoming a rarity in this country.
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