Hyundai’s latest iteration of the i30, the five-door hatchback, got introduced at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. This version is expected to drive better thanks to the new platform being lighter by 28kg and 22 per cent more rigid.
Hyundai shows off a set of new petrol motors on the i30, and they include a 138bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre motor that makes 242Nm of torque, a naturally aspirated 1.4-litre engine that makes 98bhp and 134Nm, and a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder mill with 118bhp and 170Nm. Diesel power will come from a 1.6-litre motor in three states of tune, namely 94bhp, 109bhp, and 134bhp. Buyers can opt for a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox depending on the powerplant.
The exteriors reveal a large grille which extends lower down the bumper, and the flowing roofline which makes for a very smooth overall design. Hyundai has equipped it with bright coloured interiors, and while a five-inch infotainment system comes as standard, the top end versions benefit from an eight-inch screen with navigation.
Buyers looking for a little more excitement will have to wait until the i30 N (260bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged motor) comes around in the first half of 2017. Though Hyundai showcased the i30 hatchback at the 2016 Auto Expo, there’s no confirmation from the car maker about introducing this car in India.