New Hyundai Elantra revealed, renamed i30 Sedan

Hyundai has taken the wraps off its 2020 i30 Sedan via a Hollywood style livestream.

Set to replace the Hyundai Elantra and take on the Toyota Corolla Sedan as well as Mazda3 Sedan, the i30 Sedan is underpinned by the company’s new K3 platform which makes it lighter, lower and stronger compared to the outgoing Elantra. Hyundai also claims improvement in driving dynamics thanks to a lower centre of gravity.

Additionally, the new platform is hybrid ready with some overseas models receiving the IONIQ’s hybrid drivetrain consisting of a 1.6-litre GDI four-cylinder engine married with a 1.32kWh lithium-ion battery to deliver 130kW and 264Nm via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

While the hybrid isn’t confirmed for Australia yet, the local arm is looking at a possible mid-life introduction if the business case stacks up.

At launch, Australia will receive the 2.0-litre MPI four-cylinder petrol engine putting out 109kW and 179Nm paired with a new Intelligent (continuously) Variable Transmission that will simulate gear shifts like a conventional torque converter.

Expected to arrive in the second half of 2020, the i30 Sedan features sleek bodylines and a fastback for a four-door coupe look, while the front gets a gaping front grille. Around the back, a full-width light bar connects the LED taillights to form an ‘H’ shape.

Inside, technology has also taken a big leap with the driver-focused dashboard incorporating two side-by-side 10.25-inch screen that sit under a single pane of glass like the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. There’s wireless smartphone charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a ‘digital key’ that locks, unlocks and start the car using a smartphone.

Other cabin highlights includes 64-colour customisable lighting and a unique four-spoke steering wheel.

On the safety front, the i30 Sedan gets Hyundai’s SmartSense safety suite that includes forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane-keep and lane-follow assist, driver attention warnings and a rear-view camera.

Higher-grade models add radar cruise control, blind-spot assist, highway driving assist and reverse parking assistant.

Full pricing and specification will be revealed closer to launch.

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