Hyundai i30

The new Hyundai i30 is set to debut next week at the Frankfurt Motor Show. However, Hyundai released photos of its new hatchback today in a press release. While we’ll have to wait for official specs on the i30, more than one member of the automotive press surmises that the new i30 could eventually replace the Hyundai Elantra Touring here in the U.S.

Autoblog writes, “When Hyundai debuted the swoopy new 2011 Elantra, we were told that a hatchback-shaped Touring model would be coming down the pipeline, and since the last-generation model was nearly identical to the then-current i30 sold overseas, it would only make sense that this new five-door will make its way Stateside at some point.”

Additionally, Hyundai Motor America Spokesman Miles Johnson told Inside Line that he wouldn’t be surprised if a version of the i30 came to the U.S. market sometime next year. “The Hyundai i30 and the Elantra share common underpinnings,” says Inside Line. “In the U.S., the 2012 Elantra Touring is based on the original i30 wagon.”

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