Hyundai has unveiled the new N Line package for the i30 in Europe to smarten up the popular hatch’s looks in the style of the flagship i30 N.
In the vein of Mercedes’ AMG Line models and the like from other manufacturers, the new variant brings a host of equipment upgrades and styling tweaks, though no performance increase to accompany these changes.
The package most notably brings a different front and rear bumpers that are, for all intents and purposes, the same as what you’ll see on the i30 N.
However, eagle-eyed readers will notice the silver accents on the front chin spoiler and rear diffuser in lieu of red, and the dual exhaust tips at the back both being on the right-hand side of the diffuser, as opposed to one on each side.
Elsewhere, a set of new 18-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubber complete the exterior spruce-up, while on the inside, the steering wheel and shift knob are lifted straight from the full-fat N, with plush suede bucket seats – the same as those found in i30 N models fitted with the Luxury Pack – an optional extra.
Mechanically, there have been some slight changes such as larger front brakes, along with retuned suspension, brake and throttle response, to enhance the i30’s driving dynamics, although there’s no extra power to back up these enhancements.
The N Line will come with either a petrol-powered 1.4-litre turbocharged four-pot that produces 103kW and 242Nm, or a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel that churns out 100kW and 280Nm with a manual gearbox or 300Nm with a dual-clutch auto.
Although the 1.4-litre turbo petrol unit is not available for the Australian market, the 1.6-litre diesel mill is, which may leave some hope of the i30 N Line variant making its way to our shores. For now though, the N Line remains unconfirmed for Australia.