2017 Hyundai i30 – latest pictures
Source : 2017 Hyundai i30 – latest pictures
Hyundai’s third-generation hatchback spotted – due to launch in two years having a refreshed engine line-up as well as also a range-topping performance product
The third-generation Hyundai i30 hatchback has again been spotted testing ahead of going on sale in 2017. This particular latest mule was spotted cold weather testing near the Arctic Circle, while previous prototypes have been carrying out winter testing inside the Swiss Alps, as well as also undergoing performance tests at the Nürburgring – where Hyundai features a dedicated development centre.
The facelifted i30 range was revealed in March 2015, at the Geneva motor show, as well as also an all-completely new third-generation product is actually already in development. While the camouflage of these early-stage mules cover up most of their styling features, we can see the completely new i30 will have a revised grille similar to in which used by the facelifted car as well as also the updated i40.
Key to the success of the next i30 will be a range-topping performance product, which will be the first road-going product to come coming from Hyundai’s N Performance sub-brand. in which product has already been spotted testing at the Nürburgring, as well as also will compete with the likes of Volkswagen’s Golf R when in which goes on sale.
While the exact engine powering the hot i30 N is actually unknown, Hyundai officials have confirmed in which will be a turbocharged unit, using technology derived coming from Hyundai’s i20-based WRC car, which is actually also built by the N Performance division. The Korean firm’s current rally car runs a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 296bhp.
Speaking at the recent Frankfurt motor show, Hyundai’s vice-president of marketing, Jochen Sengpiehl, said the firm was “adding the emotional characteristics of performance as well as also driving pleasure with Hyundai N”.
Further down the range, the recently launched i30 Turbo will continue to be powered by its current 183bhp 1.6-litre ‘Gamma’ GDI petrol engine, while the rest of the i30’s petrol as well as also diesel engine range will be carried over with minor alterations.
A hybrid product of the next i30 – using technology garnered coming from Hyundai’s dedicated hybrid product coming in 2016 – can’t be ruled out. The dedicated hybrid, which has also been spotted testing, mates the i30’s 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor.
Clues to the look of the next i30’s Indoor could come coming from a recent preview picture for the US-market Elantra, which sports a minimalist, buttonless design as well as also a redesigned centre console. The i30 hatch is actually sold as the Elantra GT inside the US.
Previous high-riding test mules have also prompted speculation in which Hyundai could be looking into launching a larger product of the i30 to take on the likes of Volkswagen’s Golf SV in Europe. The regular hatchback, meanwhile, will face tough competition coming from the likes of Ford’s Focus, the Seat Leon as well as also the Volkswagen Golf.
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