The Korean brand’s Volkswagen Golf rival will get a mid-life refresh, with updated styling, a tweaked engine range and fresh technology
Following hot on the heels of the recently revamped Hyundai i10 is an updated version of the Hyundai i30. Like the city car, Hyundai’s revised hatchback will feature a cosmetic overhaul, a tweaked engine range and a substantial technology update to keep it competitive with the soon-to-be-released Mk8 Volkswagen Golf.
The cladding on this development mule suggests the new i30 will get updated front and rear bumpers, new headlights, a tweaked tailgate and a pair of redesigned tail lamps. Fresh styling lines will likely be penned into the i30’s doors, while buyers will have their choice of a new range of alloy wheel designs.
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Inside, we expect the updated i30 will also come with the Korean brand’s improved 10.25-inch infotainment system, which is currently being rolled out across the Hyundai line-up. A new digital instrument binnacle will also be offered for the first time, lifted from the hydrogen-electric Hyundai NEXO.
The i30’s current engine range will likely be transferred across the facelift, albeit with a handful of performance and efficiency tweaks. As such, buyers will be offered either a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol, a turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol or 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel.
Hyundai could also offer a PHEV powertrain for the first time in the new i30, borrowing the technology destined for use in the upcoming facelifted Tucson. The drivetrain will be based around a 1.6-litre four-cylinder GDi petrol engine, which shares the same engine block and mounting points as the unit found in the Korean firm’s dedicated PHEV model, the IONIQ.
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Like the upcoming Tucson, the new i30 will use a re-tuned version of the IONIQ’s 139bhp PHEV powertrain, which features a 44.5kW and an 8.9kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Power will be fed to the front wheels via a six-speed dual clutch transmission.
A revised version of the Hyundai i30 N hot hatchback will inevitably follow, as hinted by the production cycle-ending, limited edition i30 N Project C. Expect an equally lairy body kit, a tweaked version of the current cars turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, a reworked suspension system and slightly better brakes.
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