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 GENERATION i30 FAMILY TO BE EXTENDED AT GENEVA SHOW

- 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 http://www.hyundai.co.uk