By Ronan Glon
Wednesday, Mar 7th, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
 
South Kore's Hyundai has used the Geneva Motor Show to unveil the station wagon version of the new i30. Like its five-door hatchback sibling, the i30 wagon was developed specifically for the European market at Hyundai's European Research & Development Center in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

Up until the C-pillar, the wagon is identical to the hatchback model. Past that point, the body is seven inches longer, bringing the car's total length to 176 inches.

The added sheetmetal enables the i30 wagon to offer 18 cubic feet of trunk space while carrying five passengers. This amount can be increased to a generous 57 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down.

Design-wise, the wagon's rear hatch incorporates slightly revised taillights, as well as the license plate, which was previously mounted on the rear bumper.

Pictures of the interior have yet to be released, but everything is expected to be very similar (if not identical) to the i30 hatchback.

Speaking of similarities between the two models, Hyundai says that the wagon will be powered by the same engines already found in the hatchback. That means that buyers will be able to choose between three gasoline engines and three diesel engines. All of them are four-cylinders, and they range from 88 to 133 horsepower.

After finishing its stint on the Hyundai stand at the Geneva show, the i30 station wagon will go on sale across Europe about halfway through next summer.
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