2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback comes with a sleek silhouette

Article by Christian A., on July 16, 2017

Hyundai has recently revealed the new i30 N hatchback, and now, here we are with the third generation 2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback. It hasn’t been long since the Hyundai i30 first came out, and several variations are already being revealed including the Tourer and the ones mentioned above.

Today, we will be focusing on the i30 Fastback. Visually, it is shaped like a teardrop because of its sloping roofline that ends as an integrated spoiler. This and the fact that it sits 30 millimeters lower than the standard model makes it look sleeker. The front fascia now gets a more chiseled bumper making it look more aggressive. It now comes standard with a set of smart alloy wheels for a sportier look.

You can now get the i30 in any of the twelve colors Hyundai is offering. These colours will give the car its own character, which will match the owner’s personality - solid and metallic finishes are both available. As for the interior, Hyundai will be offering three colours to complement the exterior paint, and one of them would be a Merlot Red shade.

In terms of the ride, the suspension has been made stiffer compared to the N model to reduce movement when doing fast turns. The i30 Fastback is 1.18 inches lower than the 5 door i-30, but it is actually a little longer by 4.5 inches.

Hyundai i30 Fastback will be available with four engine options: a 118 horsepower 1.0-liter three cylinder turbo, a 138 horsepower 1.4 liter four cylinder engine, a 1.6 liter diesel that brings out 108 horsepower, and another 1.6 liter producing 134 horsepower. The 1.6 liter and 1.4 liter engines can be paired with both transmission options, while the 1.0 liter can only come with the six-speed manual transmission. It may not be as sporty as its i30 N sister, but it is worth noting that the Fastback was also developed on the Nurburgring track.

As for technology, the i30 Fastback comes standard with safety features like automatic emergency braking and active lane control. It is equipped with a 5-inch touchscreen display, but customers can opt for a 5-inch LDC unit featuring a rearview camera. As usual, it is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The 3-door Hyundai i30 is not coming back with a third generation, instead the i30 Fastback will serve as its new successor. Overall, the new i30 Fastback has a sophisticated twist with an elegant character.

The company has not announced the i30 Fastback’s price yet, but it will sure be more expensive than the regular hatchback. Also, this will not be available in the North American market just yet.

Press Release

Charismatic by design: the All-New Hyundai i30 Fastback

After introducing the Hyundai i30 in March 2017 and the i30 Tourer this month, Hyundai Motor has unveiled the i30 Fastback – the latest addition to the i30 range, available by the beginning of next year. The new body type reflects Hyundai’s design language while giving it a sophisticated twist with an elegant character.

“The i30 range represents the core of our Hyundai brand in Europe,” says Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe. “The i30 Fastback is the newest in our range, bringing a unique new approach to this popular segment. The sophisticated design of this model incorporates the essence of our philosophy, making premium design accessible for everyone. The i30 Fastback is the first elegant five-door coupe to enter the compact segment, underlining our commitment to innovation and customer choice.”

Sophisticated silhouette and charismatic proportions

The i30 Fastback is characterised by its strong stance and sporty, elongated lines. With the reduction of the Cascading Grille’s height at the front, it appears wider and more clearly defined, emphasising the bonnet. A lower horizontal air intake below the grille gives the i30 Fastback a charismatic front. Strong corners and an angled lower front spoiler create a muscular, proud appearance. At the front, full LED Daytime Running Lights and headlamps with a premium dark bezel round off the i30 Fastback’s visual impact.

“The i30 Fastback is a real game-changer. We are the first volume brand to enter the compact segment with a stylish and sophisticated 5-door coupé,” explains Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer at Hyundai Design Centre Europe. “When designing the i30 Fastback we played with the proportions of the i30 range by reducing the height of the Cascading Grille and lowering the roof line. The elegant silhouette is further emphasised by the generously arched rear spoiler shape. Our team was able to achieve a pure design, which combines the sports car spirit with the comfort of a luxurious sedan. With this innovative approach to compact cars, we enable our customers to make an expressive statement when driving the Fastback.”

The i30 Fastback has a sophisticated silhouette featuring typical dynamic sports coupe proportions, thanks to the elegant sloping roofline, a long bonnet and a muscular body. Its slim cabin sits on a wide body, emphasised by wide wheel arches which gives the car a strong stance. Using classic automotive design codes, the roof has been lowered by 25 millimetres compared with the i30 five-door, enhancing the car’s wide stance on the road, improving aerodynamics and creating a dramatic impression.

Tapering towards the rear, the cabin has a sleek shape, inspired by the shape of a teardrop. The rear of the cabin is additionally supported by strong shoulders. The emphasis on the rear makes the i30 Fastback look capable and assertive.

The i30 Fastback’s charismatic silhouette is completed by a generously arched rear spoiler that is integrated into the tailgate and continues to the rear lights. Dividing and sculpting the surfaces creates a vivid play of light and shadow, adding drama to the car. The C-pillar and the rear windscreen are inspired by the premium segment and designed with refined shapes, reinforcing the car's tapered belt line and its sense of dynamic, strong forward motion.

There are in total twelve exterior colours available for the i30 Fastback: three pearl choices – Stargazing Blue, Micron Grey and Phantom Black, and seven metallic choices – Clean Slate blue, Intense Copper, Moon Rock, Fiery Red, Platinum Silver, Ara Blue and White Sand, plus two solid choices – Engine Red and Polar White. For the interior, customers can choose from three colour options: Oceanids black, Slate Grey or the new and unique Merlot Red interior.

Elegant proportions and sporty driving dynamics

The driving dynamics of the Hyundai i30 line-up are rigorously tested and refined by engineers at Hyundai Motor’s European Testing Centre at the famous Nürburgring "Nordschleife" circuit.

The i30 Fastback reveals some significant differences compared with the other body types of the i30 range. By comparison to the i30 five-door version, the chassis of the i30 Fastback has been lowered by 5mm and the stiffness of the suspension has been increased by 15%. This provides a more dynamic and more agile driving experience while maintaining a high level of comfort.

Thanks to the lowered roof and chassis leading to an overall height of 1,425 mm, the i30 Fastback is 30 mm lower than the five-door body type, emphasising its elegant and dynamic proportions. With an elongated silhouette, the car has an overall length of 4,455 mm - 115 mm longer than the five-door.

Class-leading standard safety package

By offering the latest active safety features, the i30 Fastback democratises technology as the other members of the i30 range. With Autonomous Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert, High Beam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist System always on board, the i30 offers best-in-class standard active safety.

The Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) fitted in the i30 operates in three stages using camera sensors. First, it warns the driver visually and audibly. In a second step, it controls the brake according to the collision danger stage, and in a third stage applies maximum braking force to avoid a collision or to minimise damage if a collision is unavoidable. The optional pedestrian recognition uses front radar and avoids or mitigates the consequences of impact with a pedestrian.

With the Driver Attention Alert (DAA), the i30 features a driver protection system: this monitors driving patterns in order to detect reckless or fatigued driving and prevent potential accidents.

Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC) keeps a constant speed and distance from the vehicle in front by automatically accelerating and braking up to 180 km/h. If the traffic comes to a halt, the system applies the brakes until the car comes to a standstill and accelerates to the desired speed as soon as the road is clear.

The rear corners are monitored by a Blind Spot Detector (BSD). If another vehicle is detected, a visual alert appears in the exterior mirrors.

The Rear-Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system reduces the risk of collision with approaching traffic when reversing out of narrow areas with low visibility by alerting the driver both visually and audibly.

The Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) senses the car’s position and alerts the driver about unsafe movements at speeds over 60 km/h. By audibly and visually warning the driver before inducing corrective steering, it guides the driver back to a safe position.

Road speed signs are immediately recognised by the Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), which displays the speed limit in real time. The navigation system display and the TFT cluster both show the information.

A High Beam Assist (HBA) detects both oncoming vehicles and vehicles ahead in the same lane at night and changes to low-beam lights as appropriate, thereby reducing blinding effects on other drivers. HBA automatically re-activates the high beams and therefore maximises the driver’s range of vision as soon as no vehicles are detected.

Smart connectivity features

The i30 Fastback offers customers an optional eight-inch touch screen of the new-generation navigation system including state-of-the-art connectivity features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both systems enable users to connect their devices to deliver and control music, telephone or navigation functions on-screen. The navigation system moreover comes with a free seven-year subscription to LIVE Services, offering updated information about weather, traffic, speed cameras and online searches for points of interest in real time. The i30 Fastback is also available with a wireless charging system for smartphones with the Qi standard.

Customers can choose between different audio options: the standard monochrome five-inch display radio with Bluetooth connectivity or the optional audio system with a five-inch capacitive LCD touch screen and an integrated dynamic rear-view camera.

Dynamic and efficient powertrains

The powertrain line-up of the i30 Fastback consists of two downsized turbocharged petrol engines, which were newly launched in the i30 range.

Customers can choose between the 1.4 T-GDI turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 140 PS or the 1.0 T-GDI turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 120 PS (targeted fuel consumption in l/100 km for the Hyundai i30 Fastback range: combined 5.5 – 5.0 l/100km, targeted CO2 emissions 125– 115 g/km*). The 1.4-litre T-GDI petrol engine is offered with the six-speed manual transmission or the seven-speed dual clutch transmission, which gives a choice of fully automatic operation or manual gear changes. The 1.0 T-GDI is offered with the 6MT. All engines come standard with the Integrated Stop and Go (ISG) system for increased efficiency. The i30 Fastback’s powertrain line-up will be further expanded with the addition of a newly developed, efficient 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine available with two power outputs: a version with 110 PS and a ‘high power’ version with 136 PS. Both versions will be available with the six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

Made in Europe

Designed, developed, tested and manufactured in Europe, the third generation of Hyundai’s i30 models is Hyundai Motor’s DNA car range in Europe. They are built on the infrastructure that Hyundai Motor has developed over the past 25 years in Europe. With more than 800,000 cars sold in Europe since the introduction of the first generation i30 in 2008, Hyundai Motor aims to continue the success of the i-range.

* All values are tentative targets and not yet homologated, hence subject to changes.

Source: Hyundai

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