Hyundai adds Premium trim to current i30 range

Article by Anita Panait, on October 16, 2012

Hyundai’s range-topping Premium trim is now also available on its current i30 line-up, including the Hatchback and Tourer models. Coming as standard on the Premium trim are features that offer customers with excellent value for their money. The Premium trim includes all the standard equipment that were only available in the Convenience and Individual packages, plus several additional features.

The exterior of the Premium models will be sporting a new 17-inch alloy wheel design, chrome door handles with illumination, and automatically folding door mirrors with built-in puddle lamps. The interior of these Premium models will don a number of additional standard features over Style Nav like leather upholstery, automatically dimming rear view mirror and electric driver’s seat with lumbar support, heated front seats.

Premium models will also feature keyless entry with engine start/stop button and a supervision cluster with LCD colour display. It also gets a height adjustable passenger seat. A Premium buyer could avail of engine options: a 120PS 1.6-litre petrol paired with manual gearbox for the Hatchback; and a 1.6-litre CRDi 128PS diesel paired with of either a manual or automatic transmission for on both Hatchback and Tourer.

With the Premium model at hand, the Convenience and Individual packs, which cost around £750 and £1,000 respectively on Style and Style Nav models, will no longer be available. A Premium buyer could have an optional tilt-and-slide Panoramic sunroof installed for an additional cost of only £950.

Style and Style Nav models, meanwhile, could be availed with the 1.6-litre CRDi 128PS diesel engine paired with automatic transmission for both the Hatchback and the Tourer, replacing the existing 110PS automatic. The 1.6 CRDi 110PS Blue Drive models will now only be available on the Classic and Active trim. The higher-powered 1.6 CRDi 128PS diesel engine is now only available for the top three trims.

Hyundai is well-known for its design principle called “fluidic sculpture.” This is all about visuals and how flowing lines are used in order for the company’s vehicles to have a three-dimensional presence, one that delivers more impact. The latest example of this design language can be seen in the new Hyundai i30. One reason why the new i30 has a sportier look is that the track has been increased.

Specifically, the front is greater by 17 mm while the rear track has grown by 27 mm. Not only have the tracks been increased but the bodyshell as well is now wider by 5 mm. In addition, the wheels and tires have been pushed towards the outside so that it becomes level with the wheel arches. With all of these combined, it helps highlight the visual of the new i30 while making sure that road holding is enhanced. Another change is that of the windscreen which has been positioned lower by 26 mm and made more forward by a total of 84 mm.

This allowed for reduction in both the aerodynamic drag and the wind resistance encountered by the i30. The result is that Cd is better by 10% at 0.30. Its side meanwhile gets that elegance partly due to alloy 16-inch wheels and their new design. Helping with this impression as well are the chrome beltline moulding placed under the glass house, though this is mainly for the Style models.

According to Thomas Bürkle, who is currently Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre’s Chief Designer, when the company started the development of the newest i30, it wanted to utilize fluid and strong lines in order to have a vehicle that would have that all important visuals. It would also give the sensation of constantly moving despite it being stationary.

He added that the company decided to make sure that the vehicle would have a bold stance and at the same time display a more confident behavior given the dynamic proportions and athletic qualities. Looking at it, he continued, the appearance is closer to that of the new i40. The new i30, Bürkle said further, reveals the strength of the design language of the brand, something many people can easily recognize.

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