Hyundai has released renderings of an all-new i30, which is due to be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
The new Golf and Focus rival follows the success of the existing i30, which was the first Hyundai designed and built in Europe and aimed directly at the heart of the big-selling hatchback market.
Latest Hyundai i30
The sleek lines make the new model a much more dynamic looking car than the existing one, which, impressively, has maintained its upward sales trajectory since its launch in 2007.
That Hyundai is looking to replace it anyway reflects the firm’s determination to keep its line-up as fresh as possible. Hyundai executives are promising that by this time next year the ‘oldest’ cars in the range will be the ix35 and recently facelifted i10 city car.
Eco version expected
No technical details about the i30 have been released yet, but Hyundai is expected to introduce a low-CO2 diesel version to dip below the 100g/km mark.
Nearly 350,000 of the existing i30 model have been sold across Europe since its debut in 2007 – but sales are still way behind ford, which sold 400,000 Focuses in the UK alone over the same period.
However, Hyundai did win the title of Best Car Manufacturer in the 2011 Which? awards due to its five-year warranty and overall value for money across its range.
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