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by Tim Beissmann

The Hyundai i30 Tourer has been revealed at the 2012 Sydney motor show, with the Korean manufacturer confirming the compact wagon will join its popular hatchback sibling in local showrooms in the second quarter of 2013.

The local division was initially coy about its plans for the i30 Tourer when it launched the five-door hatch in May, but Hyundai Australia’s marketing director, Oliver Mann, now insists the versatile load-lugger has an important role to play in the i30 family.

“The previous i30cw proved extremely popular, accounting for over 20 per cent of total i30 sales,” Mann said.

“The new-generation i30 Tourer will likewise hold strong appeal for both private and business buyers.”

Officially unveiled at the 2012 Geneva motor show in March, the Hyundai i30 Tourer shares its basic design and styling with the i30 hatch.

The wagon shares the five-door’s 2650mm wheelbase but is 185mm longer overall. Its 528-litre boot is 150 litres larger than that of the hatch, and expands to 1642 litres with the rear seats folded flat, giving it a 326-litre advantage over the five-door.

The Hyundai i30 Tourer displayed in Sydney is a UK-specification model featuring a 99kW/164Nm 1.6-litre petrol engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.

Hyundai Australia is yet to confirm the engine line-up for its i30 Tourer line-up, although like the previous i30cw, the new model is expected to be offered with both petrol and diesel options shared with the hatchback.

The i30 hatch is available with a 110kW/178Nm 1.8-litre petrol engine as well as a 94kW/260Nm 1.6-litre diesel.

Hyundai Australia charged a $1500 premium for the first-generation i30 wagon over the hatchback.

Full pricing and specification details will be revealed at the launch of the Hyundai i30 Tourer during the second quarter of 2013.