The 2017 Hyundai i30 hatchback has been officially unveiled overnight. Designed, developed and manufactured in Europe, the next-generation will also spawn the company’s first hot hatch under the ‘N’ moniker.
Described as ‘the DNA car’ for Hyundai, the i30 is an important model for the Korean brand in Europe, with more than 800,000 sold on the continent since 2008 over two generations. The new model is task with continuing the firm’s success and its march to be the number one Asian brand in Europe.
“We have listened closely to customer needs, redefining our offer to create a car for everyone. The Next Generation i30 is our DNA car in Europe: accessible, appealing in design with innovative technology 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 that digital natives and today’s customers expect.”
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and wireless charging are all standard. The all-new i30 will also offer the latest active safety features such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Smart Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, Driver Attention Alert and Blind Spot Detection.
According to Hyundai, with design being the No. 1 buying reason for Hyundai customers in Europe, the Next Generation i30 further evolves Hyundai’s design language with precise and tensed lines, refined rich surfaces and a sculpted body to create a timeless and confident appearance.
“Our designers are driven by passion and enthusiasm bringing pride and joy to Hyundai owners. You see and feel this new spirit in the Next Generation i30 – it is a proud statement. With the Next Generation i30 we are introducing our newly developed front grille: we call it the Cascading Grille. It will become the new identity of Hyundai,” explains Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer at Hyundai Motor Group.
Up front, the next-generation i30 features the new Cascading Grille said to be inspired by the flow of molten steel and flanked by a pair of three-projector LED headlights. The car’s vertical LED daytime running lights incorporates the indicator function, while a pair of projector-type front fog lights are integrated into the air curtains.
There’s a sleek character line that flows from the headlamp along the almost horizontal belt line to connect with the LED rear lamps and further wraps around the rear for a timeless appearance.
To enhance aerodynamics (the i30 has a Drag Coefficient of 0.30), an Active Air Flap behind the front grille and the Air Curtains on each side of the front bumper improves airflow and reduce turbulences in the wheel housing.
The car rolls on a range of alloy wheels ranging from 15- to 17-inch in diameter.
Inside, the modern interior is clean and has an air of sophistication to it. The optional 8-inch floating touch screen integrates all navigation, media and connectivity features.
Customers can choose from three colour options for the interior: Oceanids black with two different cloth seat options or black leather seats, a two tone combination of Slate Grey and Oceanids black with cloth or leather seats featuring diamond pattern or the two tone combination of elegant Indigo Blue and Oceanids Black with leather seats.
The design is said to be backed up by enhanced driving dynamics, with a rigorous testing programme throughout Europe and on the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife.
The powertrain line-up consists of downsized turbocharged engines to enhance efficiency and responsiveness. Customers can choose from three petrol engines and one 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine with three outputs with CO2 emissions as low as 89 g/km (target value).
The Next Generation i30 is the first Hyundai model available with the new 1.4 T-GDI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 103kW/242Nm. A 1.0 T-GDI turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 88kW/170Nm and a 1.4 MPI four-cylinder with 74kW are also on offer.
The 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel comes with three outputs: 70kW, 81kW and 100kW, delivering a maximum torque of 275Nm.
The engines are paired with either the six-speed manual or Hyundai’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, except for the 1.0 T-GDI which is available exclusively with the six-speed manual.
The all-new 2017 Hyundai i30 hatch is expected to arrive in Australia in mid-2017.