Hyundai’s latest i30 hatchback is about to spawn a wagon variant, as evidenced by a prototype spotted at a secret location in Europe.
The car is the next-generation i30 Tourer, which Hyundai may offer in the United States as an Elantra Touring. The last Elantra Touring bowed out of the market after the 2012 model year.
The i30 is closely related to the Elantra sedan already on sale in these parts and is expected to arrive here in 2017, badged as an Elantra GT. It’s not clear if the i30 Tourer will make it over as an Elantra Touring, though it would make a worthy rival to Volkswagen’s Golf SportWagen. In other markets it will also compete with the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] Focus Wagon and Opel Astra Sports Tourer.
Mechanically, it should be almost identical to the i30 hatch, which means the powertrains on offer should be low capacity gasoline and diesel units. Front-wheel drive should be standard and the transmission options should be 6-speed manual and 7-speed dual-clutch units.
A debut should take place at a major European auto show in 2017, most likely the Frankfurt auto show next September. A sporty i30 N is also in the works and is expected at the Geneva auto show next March. Unfortunately, this particular model has been ruled out for U.S. consumption.