The next-generation 2017 Hyundai i30 Tourer wagon has been spied testing in Germany this week, giving us a first look at the Korean company’s competitor to the Volkswagen Golf wagon.
Despite the heavy camouflage, it’s almost certain the new wagon will wear the same face as the recently-revealed 2017 i30 hatch, which previews the company’s new design direction.
Obvious distinguishing features from the hatch include the elongated body and longer wheelbase.
It seems even the rear will draw inspiration from the hatch, with the concealed tail-light clusters looking fairly similar in shape to its sibling, along with the bulky rear bumper section.
Under the bonnet, expect the wagon to offer the same engines as the hatch, including a range of three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
It’s also likely the interior will draw much from the hatch, including the floating tablet-style infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The wagon will be the second bodystyle in the i30 family, with a rumoured third coupe-styled variant to complete the range later on.
It’s believed the next-generation i30 Tourer will be revealed either at the Geneva motor show in March or the Frankfurt motor show in September.
Speaking to CarAdvice, Hyundai Australia’s public relations manager, Guido Schenken, said the Korean manufacturer’s local arm has no plans to bring the new wagon to Australia.
“[There are] no current plans to bring the i30 Tourer to Australia,” he said.
“Production is only in Europe, so, with the current market conditions, it is not a viable business case, although it’s always up for review in the future.”
Hyundai hasn’t sold the wagon version of the i30 since June this year, after it discontinued the more practical model due to the high costs of importing it from Europe.