Third-generation hatchback is due to launch next year in three different body styles with a refreshed engine line-up and a performance-focused N model
6 July 2016

The third-generation Hyundai i30 hatchback will be launched at the Paris motor show later this year.

Hyundai has now teased the new i30 ahead of its reveal. Click here to view the pictures.

The Volkswagen Golf rival is set to be offered in three variants: a five-door hatch, an estate, and a four-door coupé targeted at the European market, but the three-door shape will be dropped because of poor sales figures.

The latest test mule was spotted towing a trailer as part of its development. Previous mules have been seen winter testing in the Arctic and Swiss Alps, as well as undergoing performance tests at the Nürburgring - where Hyundai has a dedicated development centre.

While the camouflage of the early-stage mules covers up most of their styling features, we can see the new i30 will come with a revised grille similar to that used by the facelifted car and the updated i40.

i30 N performance model

Key to the success of the next i30 will be a range-topping performance version, which will be the first road-going model to come from Hyundai's N Performance sub-brand. That model has already been spotted testing at the Nürburgring and will compete with the likes of Volkswagen's Golf GTI when it goes on sale.

It will get a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and could have a top speed of around 155mph.

Hyundai officials have also confirmed the i30 N will use technology derived from Hyundai's i20-based WRC car, which is also built by the N Performance division. The Korean firm's current rally car runs a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 296bhp.

i30 engines and tech

Further down the range, the recently launched i30 Turbo will continue to be powered by its current 183bhp 1.6-litre Gamma GDI petrol engine, while the rest of the i30's petrol and diesel engine range will be carried over with minor changes.

A hybrid version of the next i30 - using technology garnered from Hyundai's Ioniq hybrid model - can't be ruled out. The Ioniq mates the i30's 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to offer a claimed 79mpg.

Clues to the look of the next i30's interior could come from a preview picture for the US-market Elantra, which sports a minimalist, buttonless design and a redesigned centre console. The i30 hatch is sold as the Elantra GT in the US.

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1 October 2015

if the minor changes to the diesel engines will be enough !

1 October 2015

Wonder what's in there? No need to ask about the car - I expect it will be bigger, wider, more powerful and more premium than the current one - and no doubt faster round the Nurburgring.

15 June 2016

Could it be an electric version with extra range extending battery pack?

15 June 2016

..the new compact Euro 7 compliant DPF


Hydrogen cars just went POP

15 June 2016

I can't believe they are carrying the petrol engines over. Even the 1.4 with 100ps has 129g/km CO2. Its three generations behind.

6 July 2016
winniethewoo wrote:

I can't believe they are carrying the petrol engines over. Even the 1.4 with 100ps has 129g/km CO2. Its three generations behind.

I can, these cars are more in the private buyers market where value for money and other factors outweigh CO2 as the owners are not enslaved to company car tax.

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