Joe Duarte

2012 Hyundai i30

Hyundai i30 points to new Elantra Touring

2012 Hyundai i30

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Hyundai i30 points to new Elantra Touring

At the 2011 Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA), Hyundai unveiled its new-generation i30, whose previous generation was marketed in North America as the Hyundai Elantra Touring.

The Elantra Touring is set to continue as a 2012 model.

View available trim options for the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring

Right now, Hyundai is claiming the car - designed and engineered at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Russelsheim, Germany – is designed and built specifically for Europe (to launch early in 2012), but there’s no denying the Hyundai ‘fluidic sculpture’ DNA would make it a seamless fit alongside the recently introduced Elantra sedan (more so than the current Touring in comparison to the previous generation Elantra).

The new i30 is 4300 mm in overall length (making it smaller than both the previous generation and the new Elantra), but wider than both at 1780 mm. At 1470 mm in height, it eclipses the new Elantra but is marginally shorter than the previous generation i30. It all combines to make a slightly roomier cabin, with cargo area pegged at 378 litres with the rear seats upright (a reported increase of 10% from the previous generation).

The well appointed interior features dual zone climate controls, and benefits from a panoramic sunroof. Of interest is an optional FlexSteer system that allows the driver to select between three modes – Normal, Comfort and Sport – to select the amount of steering assist and feedback.

Safety features include six standard airbags (front; front side impact and side air curtains, with a driver’s knee bag optional), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM, ABS and Emergency Stop Signal.

In Europe, the vehicle has four engines (two diesel; two gasoline) and four power options – the 1.6-litre engines have two different power outputs. Both diesel and gasoline engines use displacements of 1.4 and 1.6 litres, with the smaller engines mated to a six-speed manual transmission, and the large ones standard with the six-speed stick or optionally fitted with a six-speed automatic.

Unless Hyundai follows Chevrolet’s lead and offers a diesel engine, chances are the only engine we’ll see is the 1.8-litre four-cylinder that currently powers the Elantra sedan (and outdoes the horsepower of the current Touring 2.0-litre engine, while nearly matching the torque).

Of interest, though, is the 1.6-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder that makes 126 horsepower but generates 192 lb.-ft. of torque, and is capable of taking the car to 100 km/h in less than 11 seconds, and to a top speed of 197 km/h.

All the engines use Integrated Stop & Go (ISG), which is set to debut here on the Kia Soul and Rio5.

Fact file

  • Price range: not yet set
  • Year/Make/Model: 2012 Hyundai i30
  • Options: Driver selectable steering assist; panoramic sunroof; dual zone climate control; driver’s knee airbag
  • Competitors: Dodge Caliber; Mazda3; Scion xD; Toyota Matrix; Volkswagen Golf Wagon
  • Warranty (powertrain): years/ unlimited km (comprehensive)
  • Warranty (basic): years/ unlimited km (comprehensive)