HYUNDAI I30 SR TOURER
The launch of the Hyundai i30 SR in Australia has grabbed the attention of Hyundai UK.
According to Hyundai Australia's Director of Marketing, Oliver Mann, Hyundai UK has taken more than a passing interest in the 'built-for-Australia' i30 SR.
The 2.0 litre engine under the bonnet, in particular, has started a bit of a buzz in the big Korean's UK offices. But over there, they're thinking about its potential under the i30 wagon's bonnet.
Over there, where sporting wagons are de regueur, and where the entry i30 labours with a 1.4 litre engine, the Brits would apparently give their eye-teeth for a 2.0 litre Tourer, let alone one with the sporting suspension tweaks of the Aussie SR.
That raises an interesting point.
Given that Australia's allocation of Touring wagons comes from the Czech Republic, as does the UK's i30 allocation, it would be a relatively simple matter to add an Australian allocation to a UK build - should the Brits make the business case for their market.
You would think that would be 'a monty' given that wagons perform so strongly there.
So, will we see an i30 SR Tourer in Australia? According to Oliver Mann, it's "a possibility".
With 129kW, it wouldn't seriously challenge the 220hp Renault Megane GT Tourer, but it would set a rather short-tempered cat among the pigeons.
A small sporting SR wagon here from the big 'H'... and under $30k? Now surely that would be an enticing proposition.