When official images of a car about to be presented leak, the official revelation takes place soon afterwards. This is what has happened to the Škoda Kodiaq and now with the Hyundai i30. It is just a pity that Hyundai has not disclosed most of its technical information. We don’t know its dimensions, for example. Only the engines it will initially offer. But we will first speak about its styling.
The evolutionary design makes it look more of the same, unfortunately. And the front overhang seems to be very long. For a car that aims to introduce the N performance division of Hyundai, the i30 looks very, very bland. At least in the pictures. We hope it makes a better impression live.
The new i30 will be powered by an all-new 1.4 T-GDI engine, probably the same one used by the Eco version of the Hyundai Elantra in the USA. Hyundai also states it will have a “1.6 T-GDI and 1.6 U2 e-VGT” in Korea, while Europe will also get a 1.6 turbodiesel unit with 3 different outputs in Europe. It also says we should refer to “product information for powertrain details”, but there is no such thing in the press release. This is an indication they have release the pictures just because of the leak, but did not have time to change or complete the press release.
The interior is clean and correct, but it is as uninspiring as the exterior. For the ones that get excited about this sort of information, the car comes with “Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and wireless charging to enhance smartphone operation and functionality while driving”. It also comes with “Autonomous Emergency Braking, Smart Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, Driver Attention Alert and Blind Spot Detection”.
Hyundai promises a whole family of products based on the i30, with “a balanced design coherent for every body type”. Besides the station wagon, we cannot think of any other body. A crossover to replace the ix35? A sedan to replace the Elantra? A minivan? We will have to wait to understand. The Korean automaker also promises the i30 N for 2017. If it only had a smaller front overhang…