Geneva Show 2012 Highlights: 2013 Hyundai i30 Estate

The new Hyundai i30 wagon has broken cover ahead of its official launch at the Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner. The C-segment i30 wagon shares engines and running gear with the i30 five-door, but has a longer body to create an increase in trunk space.

The wagon’s overall length is increased by 185mm to 4485mm compared to its five-door sibling. It is also 10mm longer than the outgoing i30 wagon.

Compared with the five-door, the wagon expands trunk space from 378 litres to 528 litres – and with the rear passenger seats folded down, cargo volume increases to 1642-litres.

Like the hatchback version – which Autocar has already driven and you can read about here – the 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 from the earliest stages.

Although the front is similar to the five-door hatch, from the B-pillar backwards the wagon differs significantly. It has an extended, sloping roofline and a pronounced swage line that runs along the sides of the body and rises to the rear lights. The rear windscreen wraps around the D-pillars and the deep tailgate opens to bumper-level for easy loading.

Although the full UK specification will be confirmed at a later date, the i30 Wagon will be offered across Europe with the same three petrol engines and three diesel engines as the five-door. That means power outputs ranging from 89bhp to 126bhp for the oilburners and 99bhp to 133bhp for the petrol variants.

Thanks to: Autocar

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