New Hyundai Elantra Touring Previewed by I30 Hatchback Reveal in Europe

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Hyundai has just released a selection of photos of its new i30 hatchback model in Europe with a bold design similar to what we might expect from Mazda. Set to be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the i30 hatch might never make its way to North America, but it’s wagon counterpart (sold here as the Elantra Touring) will. That being said, this is a near-reveal of that car, which is expected to hit out shores next year as a 2013 model year car.

The bold front-end design of the new i30 hatch follows the Fluidic Sculpture design language that has been seen in the new i40 series (Europe’s Sonata), featuring wrap-around headlights, a large hexagonal front grille and prominent front fenders. On the inside, the i30 resembles the likes of Hyundai’s Veloster with a refined center console and a deep-set gauge cluster.

When it does arrive in the U.S. look for power to come from a 148-hp 1.8-liter with an impressive 40-mpg rating.

GALLERY: Hyundai i30 Hatchback

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  • Dhalgren Dhalgren on Sep 07, 2011

    Elantra fans are going to love this car. They have wanted a long wheelbase hatchback for years since the Elantra GT was replaced. The Elantra Touring (i30cw wagon) is an excellent car, but most Elantra enthusiasts wanted a hatch more like a VW Golf. This car should satisfy them.