What you see in the pictures is the new Hyundai i30 that was unveiled at Frankfurt, ahead of the official debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
Hyundai’s new i30 sits lower than the outgoing version, and is also slightly longer and wider. As the wheelbase remains identical, the cabin proportions are expected to remain the same. The boot can swallow up to 395litres of luggage, and this figure swells to 1,301litres with the rear seats folded.
While the earlier car’s LCD display has been ditched, the new car now uses a centrally placed touchscreen display, even on the base versions. The eight-inch infotainment system features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation with TomTom live updates. A unique feature that makes it to this car is the induction charging mat for smartphones.
Hyundai’s new i30 will be available with three petrol motors and three diesels versions. The petrol line-up includes a 1.4-litre four-cylinder unit that makes 99bhp and 134Nm, and a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo that produces 118bhp and 171Nm. Both are mated to only a six-speed manual gearbox. There’s also a 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo that makes 138bhp and 242Nm, and will be made available with a six-speed manual gearbox or Hyundai’s newseven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The diesel versions will sport one diesel motor, but will be offered in three different states of tune. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel motor will be available with 94bhp and 280Nm, and another with 109bhp and 280Nm. Both of which will be offered with a six-speed manual ‘box. The diesel range topper gets 134bhp and 280Nm (manual gearbox), or 300Nm (seven-speed DCT dual-clutch).
Safety features on the new Hyundai i30 include autonomous emergency braking and a driver fatigue monitor, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, radar-assisted cruise control, and rear-cross traffic alert (while reversing).
This iteration of Hyundai’s i30 goes on to compete with the latest generation Ford Focus and VW’s Golf in the international arena. Hyundai showcased the i30 hatchback at the 2016 Auto Expo but is yet to confirm any plans to introduce this car in India.