Hyundai has announced a new i30 Tourer estate variant.
Developed alongside the latest i30 five-door hatchback, the new Hyundai i30 Tourer promises to blend increased practicality with attractive looks.
2012 Hyundai i30 Tourer: boot space
The concurrent development of estate and hatchback means the new i30 Tourer carries over its smaller sibling’s keen style with an effectiveness that’s usually the preserve of more premium marques.
The basic underpinnings remain unaltered, but bodywork changes from the B-pillar back see a 185mm increase in length – taking it close to 4.5m in total – giving the Tourer has a significantly enlarged amount of boot space.
In fact, with the rear seats in place, it achieves a best-in-class 528 litres – considerably more than the 340 litres the hatchback offers – while the fold-flat rear seats open up 1,642 litres in total.
Despite the clearly heavily canted rear and slopping roofline, this also out does the previous generation i30 Tourer, which can only muster 415-1,395 litres.
The wraparound rear windscreen is said to allow plenty of light into the cabin, while the rising swage line adds a certain muscular tension. Although not shown in these three initial photos, Hyundai says the tailgate opening is deep enough to allow easy loading.
2012 Hyundai i30 Tourer: five-year warranty
Engine and suspension is the same as the hatchback, so buyers will be able to choose from a range of petrol and diesel engines producing between 94bhp and 133bhp.
Full specification details have not yet been released, but expect the fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions to increase slightly due to the extra weight of the estate bodywork.
Similarly, interested buyers should anticipate a modest price premium over the new Hyundai i30 2012 hatchback, which has just gone on sale priced from £14,495.
As with all new Hyundais, the i30 Tourer will come complete with the company’s Five Year Triple Care package. This includes a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, five years’ roadside assistance and five years of annual vehicle health checks (sadly this last isn’t the same as free servicing).
More details from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March, where Hyundai has confirmed it will also be showing other newcomers.
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