Thursday, 23 February 2012 9:54 AM
An estate variant i30, or wagon as Hyundai have christened it, will be joining its 5-door hatchback sibling on the brand’s display stand at the Geneva Motor Show, with the wraps officially coming off on the first day of the event; March 6.
Prices and full specs are yet to be confirmed, but the important boot-boot-space-stats are revealed as being, well, pretty big.
The wagon shares the same engines and running gear as the i30 5-door but from the B-pillar back it’s an entirely redesigned, longer estate of affairs with the wagon’s overall length increased by 185mm to 4485mm over the i30 5-door hatch, making it one of the most accommodating vehicles in the European C-segment of Astra, Focus and Golf.
Next to the 5-door, the i30 wagon extends its boot space from 378 litres to a best-in-class 528 litres, and with the rear passenger seats folded down, luggage space increases to a plentiful 1,642 litres.
Like the i30 hatchback, the wagon was designed and engineered specifically for European customers at Hyundai’s European R&D Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and features the same latest-look Hyundai styling of bold hexagon-shaped front grille and large modern headlights. There’s also a load-friendly deep tailgate opening at rear bumper-level.
The wagon will be offered with a choice of three petrol and three diesel engines that range in power output from 90 to 135bhp, while the 5 year unlimited warranty also happily applies.
By Daniel Anslow
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