Probably the next Touring as well.
Hyundai Press Release said:HYUNDAI REVEALS FIRST RENDERING OF THE ALL-NEW i30
- 'Fluidic sculpture' uses flowing lines to showcase a dynamic appearance
- All-new-generation of i30 designed and engineered in Europe
- New model set for world premiere at Frankfurt Motor Show next month
High Wycombe, 10 August 2011 – Hyundai has released the first rendering of the next-generation i30, revealing an exciting new look for the company's bestselling C-segment hatchback. It will be unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) in September.
The all-new i30 was designed and engineered at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and represents the next evolution of the unique form language, 'fluidic sculpture' – the company's distinctive design DNA.
The 'fluidic sculpture' ethos utilises flowing lines inspired by nature and modern architecture to give a constant three-dimensional presence to Hyundai vehicles, and was introduced as the Hyundai ix-onic concept at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. Since this debut, 'fluidic sculpture' has become the design language behind all new Hyundai models launched in Europe.
Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer, Hyundai Motor Europe commented: "When designing the new i30, we used strong, fluid lines to sculpt a car which looks athletic while exuding a sense of constant motion, even when stationary. From the rendering, you can see how we managed to give the car a bold stance, transmitting a confident attitude through sporty characteristics and dynamic proportions. In this way, the car is very close to the recently unveiled i40, and we want people to recognise the Hyundai design DNA on those two models."
The next-generation i30 is also recognisable thanks to Hyundai's signature front face – the hexagonal shaped front grille.
"The hexagonal appearance is unique to Hyundai, with the jewel-like front headlamps which flank the grille adding a strong personality to the vehicle, as well as a sense of refinement and luxury," Thomas Bürkle added.
Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, commented, "We expect this next-generation i30 to play a significant role in developing our brand image in Europe and strengthen the vehicle's position as our best-seller in Europe. Since 2007, the name 'i30' has become synonymous with 'quality', 'reliability' and 'low emissions' in Europe, and we hope that, amongst others, the term 'emotional appeal and style' will be added to the list with the introduction of this dynamic new model.
"Under our brand slogan 'New Thinking. New Possibilities', our European team of designers have sculpted a car which truly looks at home on European roads thanks to its bold and confident appearance. We are very excited about revealing the car for the first time in Frankfurt next month."
I agree, it's always something that's bugged me, but being that they call it an Elantra I have love for it, hah.I would be happy if they stopped calling it the "Elantra" Touring. It's not an Elantra. Just something that has bugged me.
hopefully they just bring it as is...not like the i30/kdw debackle....
The new Touring is supposed to be a hatchback like the i30 pictured, not a wagon like the current one:i really like that image james, if they bring that design over to the U.S. i would possibly stay with hyundai as my next vehicle
--------------------Fear not, hatchback fans. According to Hyundai CEO John Krafcik, the next-generation Hyundai Elantra Touring will debut in late 2012 as a 2013 model. Krafcik tells Autoblog that while the Elantra sedan is styled specifically for the American market, the Elantra Touring is being penned with European customers in mind. The company sells a long-roof version of the Elantra in the old country under the i30 banner, but from what we understand, American buyers will get a taste of the next-generation vehicle in about two years.
"We launched the Elantra touring a couple of years after we launched the Elantra and we're going to have the same model cycle for Elantra Touring here," Krafcik said. "We're going to get the next-generation i30 here in the U.S. market in a couple of years."
But don't expect the vehicle to share too much DNA with the old long-roof Elantra. Krafcik tells AB that the new Touring will be significantly different from the model on sale right now: "It's a great design. The Elantra Touring design actually came out of our California studio. We're going to go with the shorter five-door hatchback bodystyle instead of the larger wagon style we have now."
That means that when it debuts, the 2013 Elantra Touring will be squaring off against the likes 2012 Ford Focus and Mazda3 in a big way. While no one at Hyundai was willing to say exactly how much fuel economy we can plan on seeing from the five-door Elantra, we'd be surprised to see the figures slip much below the 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway of the sedan.
Yes but the new Touring will be like the Elantra:I would be happy if they stopped calling it the "Elantra" Touring. It's not an Elantra. Just something that has bugged me.