The new generation Hyundai i30 has been revealed with the purpose of becoming the DNA car for Hyundai cars in the future. Available from early 2017, the new i30 aims to represent the core of the brand in Europe and is Hyundai’s answer to changing values and customer attitudes towards technology, individuality and flexibility.
“We have listened closely to customer needs in redefining our offer to create a car for everyone. It’s the new people’s car: accessible, appealing in design and great to drive,” states Vice President of Marketing, Jochen Sengpiehl, for Hyundai Europe. “With up-to-date infotainment and connectivity features, we offer everything today’s digital natives and modern consumers expect.” Sengpiehl continued.
The new Hyundai i30 intends to become a family of cars, rather than just a single model, with its design traits being recognisable in every body type. The i30 family will also feature the first high performance model under Hyundai’s N brand, which will go into production in 2017.
Hyundai have attempted to create a confident and recognisable design in their words. With a new Cascading Grille with chrome plated dots, full LED headlamps and LED vertical daytime running lights. The short front and rear overhangs teamed with a long bonnet thanks to the A-pillar being moved back creates a more dynamic design than before. To finish off the look, the new generation Hyundai i30 is available with 17 or 16-inch two tone alloy wheels or 15-inch steel and alloy wheels as well as the choice of twelve exterior colours including three pearl colour choices.
The interior design adopts a horizontal layout to give the impression of space. The eight inch touchscreen accommodates all of the navigation, media and connectivity systems. The new multifunction steering wheel also allows enables easy access to various systems and is also heated. The interior of the new i30 offers space for all passengers and this impression of roominess can be enhanced with an optional panoramic glass sunroof which can tilt or slide open. Boot capacity is also respectable at 395 litres and comes with a two-stage luggage board and a ski hatch in the rear centre seat. Customers can opt for one of three interior colours along with cloth or black leather seats.
In terms of propulsion, there are three petrol engines and a diesel engine to choose from. Customers have the choice between the 1.4-litre T-GDI turbocharged four cylinder engine with 138bhp – the i30 being the first Hyundai to be available with this engine, the 1.0-litre T-GDI turbocharged three cylinder engine with 118bhp or the 1.4-litre MPI four cylinder engine with 99bhp. There is also the 1.6-litre turbocharged four cylinder diesel engine available with three power outputs: 94bhp, 109bhp or 131bhp. Mated with these engines is the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or Hyundai’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
There is also a host of safety features on board including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert, Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detector, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Speed Limit Information and High Beam Assist.
The new generation Hyundai i30 will be available from the beginning of 2017.