Hyundai is set to return to the small-wagon market - a segment it once dominated - with the European-designed-and-built i30 Tourer back in dealerships at the end of the month.
And with a starting price of $22,990 plus on-road costs, the Korean car maker will again offer the cheapest load-carrier in the small-car segment.
Before being forced to drop the wagon from its i30 range with the introduction of the new- generation model last year, it accounted for about 20 per cent of all i30 sales.
Hyundai is confident the new model, which will be available in two trim levels, will be equally successful.
The entry-level Active is a fleet-focused vehicle and will be available with the option of a 1.6-litre petrol or diesel engine mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The top-of-the-range Elite will be geared more towards the private buyer with a long list of standard features.
But, initially at least, it will only be available with the 1.6-litre diesel engine matched to the automatic transmission.
The wagon has the same 2650mm wheelbase as the hatch, but is 185mm longer and has 150 litres more storage space with the rear seats in place (528 litres).
The cargo area can be expanded to 1642 litres with the seats folded flat. Standard features include rear parking sensors, LED daytime running lights, 16-inch alloys (with full-size spare), cruise control with speed limiter (which is a new addition to the i30 range), touch-screen audio with Bluetooth and USB and a chilled glove box.
Both models also come with seven airbags and the maximum five-star crash rating.
The Elite adds a reversing camera, auto electric folding side mirrors, automatic dusk-sensing headlights, seven-inch touch- screen with sat-nav and SUNA live traffic updates, dual-zone climate control, a TCT instrument panel and an ignition starter button.
- ACTIVE MODEL *
Options: Automatic transmission $2000, metallic paint $495
Engine: 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol or 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel
Transmission: Six-speed manual or six-speed auto
Outputs: 99kW/163Nm (petrol), 94kW/260Nm (diesel)
Thirst: 6.3L/100km (manual petrol), 6.9L/100km (auto petrol), 4.6L/100km (manual diesel), 5.8L/100km (auto diesel)
- ELITE MODEL *
Engine: 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel
Transmission: Six-speed auto