Facelifted Hyundai i30 teased and ready to break cover

Hyundai i30 hatchback mid-life facelift aims to keep the hatchback feeling fresh against Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus rivals

Hyundai has given us our first official glimpse of the updated i30 hatchback, which will make its full debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

The updated i30 has been teased in sporty N-Line trim, which will also be available on the more practical, estate bodied i30 Wagon for the first time when the revised model goes on sale later in the year. 

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Based on Hyundai’s images, it’ll be a subtle visual update for the sportiest looking version of the regular i30 line-up. New V-shaped daytime running light signatures have been added to the headlight units, while the front end has been redesigned with a new shape grille with a new mesh pattern and a slight redesign for the front bumper.

Hyundai says that the rear bumper and lights have also been updated, while new alloy wheel designs 16, 17 and 18-inches in size have been created. 

Updates on the inside have been confirmed too. The infotainment screen will swell to 10.25-inches in size, while digital instrumentation will become available in the i30 for the first time, likely lifted from the hydrogen-electric Hyundai NEXO.

While nothing has been said in regard to what changes under the metal, the i30’s current engine range will almost certainly be transferred across the facelift. 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 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.

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, and revised chassis and suspension setups. 

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