Hyundai has released the first official images of its new, next generation i30, which debuts at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show next week.
The i30 is the car that kick-started the revolution for Hyundai in Europe. The first Hyundai to sport the ‘i’ prefix, it also became the first to truly the challenge the mainstream – more than 350,000 examples of the current version have been sold since its launch in 2007. View our Hyundai i30 test drive to see what we thought of the current model.
New Hyundai i30 styling
The new, second generation Hyundai i30 is characterised by much bolder styling outside and in.
It has been designed and engineered in Germany, and is said by the company to represent a further evolution of its ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language. Strong features on the exterior include the sharply creased lines along the sides, twin bar grille and headlights with LED daytime running lights.
This contrasting use of soft curves and sharp angles is repeated on the inside. If the recently introduced i40 is anything to go by, build quality should be very good.
Turbo efficiency, five-year warranty
Technical details of the new i30 have not yet been released, but we can expect a line-up of efficient and powerful petrol and diesel engines – the vast majority of which are likely to be turbocharged.
The single interior shot Hyundai has provided also reveals an automatic gearbox – almost certainly the twin-clutch unit that’s been in the pipeline for a while. This is similar to Volkswagen’s DSG, and is said to provide improved economy.
Pricing and package
The new i30 will be offered with Hyundai’s Five Year Triple Care package when it goes on sale here sometime in 2012. This includes a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, five years roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.
There’s no pricing information as yet, but we don’t expect a massive rise over the current car – even though the new i30 should include more standard equipment.
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