On its Frankfurt motor show stand, Hyundai revealed a new tall-wagon variant for its i30 model line, which is new for 2008.
The i30cw, which is reportedly destined for U.S.shores next year in slightly different form as the Elantra wagon, has what is called a “new wagon design philosophy,” which translates to a more elegant, better-handling wagon design that brings the convenience of a van. Overall length is about 176 inches — about three inches shorter than the Kia Rondo — making it significantly shorter than mid-size sedans but longer than most subcompacts. A long wheelbase of 106.2 inches is the key to the i30cw's very impressive interior space of 14.7 cubic feet with the back seats in place and 49.3 cubic feet with them folded flat.
The i30cw is nicely proportioned from most angles, and especially looks attractive from the back, where the vertically themed taillamps flare out to meet the flowing beltline. The instrument panel and driving position are rather upright yet they would fit into either a people-mover or modern sedan. The décor is quite European, with a two-tone scheme and nice matte-finish materials.
In Europe , four different trim levels will be offered, and the i30cw can be equipped with a total of five possible engines: 1.6- and 2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder engines, and a range of 1.6- and 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinders with diesel particulate filter systems. Each of the five powerplants can be matched with either a manual or automatic transmission, and all i30cw models include electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes, plus active headrests and side and curtain airbags.
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