Hyundai’s latest i30 hatch has been unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show. This five-door model, which rivals the Focus in Europe, features an all-new design that has the same design language as US models like the Elantra. However, it has a European accent, evident on its slightly different grille.
This model will be offered in Europe with a variety of choices, including two direct-injection gasoline engines with a displacement of 1.4-liters and 1.6-liters as well as two CRDi turbo diesels that have exactly the same capacities. Its top-of-the-line model has an output of 135hp and uses a manual gearbox.
The new-generation i30 has a typical Hyundai family face as it has the distinct hexagonal-shaped front grille, its headlamps have a jewel-like design, and it comes with unique daytime running lights.
These lights are angular and housed within a more softly-edged recess, giving the car some personality and a sense of refinement and luxury, according to Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre.
Bürkle added that via the profile of the new generation i30, there is a strong character line running over the front and rear wheel arches all the way to the tail lamps. It also has a “softer, lower character line” that goes up the car’s flank to create a “play of light and shadow – a fundamental feature of fluidic sculpture.” By next year, Hyundai will likely offer other i30 variants such as a 3-door or a sedan. Notably, this is based on the Elantra, which has a Tourer version in the U.S.
Hyundai's 'fluidic sculpture' design philosophy continues to live on with the carmaker’s latest creation – the Hyundai i30 – featuring flowing lines for a more dynamic 3D presence. According to Thomas Burkle, Chief Designer at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre, they employed strong, fluid lines to sculpt the i30 to make it look sportier and convey a sense of constant motion. He added that designers gave the i30 a bold confident stance as well as sporty and dynamic proportions.
He noted that the strength of Hyundai's design DNA is very recognizable in both the new i30 and the new i40. Thanks to its increased track – plus 17 mm and 27 mm on the front and rear tracks respectively – the new i30 features a sportier appearance, as boosted by its body that is wider by around 5 mm. Moreover, the wheels and tires of the i30 have been moved further outwards to become flush with the wheel arches. Likewise, the base of the windscreen has been moved to the front by 84 mm and down by 26 mm, thereby resulting to less wind resistance and aerodynamic drag.
In fact, this design resulted to a 10-percent enhancement in the i30’s coefficient of drag (0.30 Cd). Accentuating the sides of the i30 are its redesigned 16-inch alloy wheels and the chrome beltline molding beneath the glass house (for Style models). Of course, the new i30 dons the South Korean carmaker’s hexagonal-shaped grille, which is available in either single body-color trim bar or twin chrome horizontal trim bars. This grille is flanked by jewel-like front headlamps and LED daytime running lights that are featured as standard on all i30 models.
Burkle quipped that the brand-exclusive hexagonal appearance effectively identifies the new i30 as a member of the Hyundai family. He added that the front headlamps give the i30 a strong personality and a sense of refinement and luxury. Once launched, the Hyundai i30 could be availed in any of the three available exterior colors: Aqua Blue (metallic), Creamy White (solid), Phantom Black (pearl), Sleek Silver and Steel Grey (metallic). The interior will be featured in Black Cloth, although leather upholstery could be availed on Style and Style Nav with the Individual Pack.