New Hyundai i30 Announced
The next generation Hyundai i30 has been announced in the UK, with a modest but attractive new look. If that’s not news enough, consider that the i30 will get the high performance treatment under the carmaker’s new N brand, with this new sporty i30 beginning production in 2017.
“We have listened closely to customer needs in redefining our offer to create a car for everyone. It’s the new people’s car: Accessible, appealing in design and great to drive,” comments Jochen Sengpiehl, Vice President Marketing at Hyundai Motor Europe. “With up-to-date infotainment and connectivity features we offer everything today’s digital natives and modern customers expect.”
According to Hyundai the all-new i30 will boast a host of active safety features, improved connectivity, and better fit and finish. Hyundai is referring to the new i30 as the DNA model for the entire line, so if you like what you see, you should be happy since we can expect more of it.
The new iteration of the i30 features a cascading grille and wrap around LED headlights that embrace the front bumper. The car is longer, and wider, with a tad less overhang at both ends, while the bonnet is longer than the outgoing model year. The new i30 will be available in 12 factory colours, and optional 15-inch steel and alloy wheels, or 16 and 17-inch alloys are in the offing.
“To create a car for everyone, we focused on a wide range of different people,” explains Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group, “So the design is an evolution of Hyundai Motor’s design language with natural flowing lines, refined surfaces and a sculpted body to create a timeless appearance.”
The New Generation i30 will also be the the first Hyundai car to feature Hyundai’s new turbo-charged petrol engine, the 1.4 T-GDI offering 140 PS. The press materials boast that the car is responsive and handles well, but we’ll be the judge of that come test drive time. For now the question is, when might that be?