The i30 N Line uses new bumpers influenced by those fitted to the i30N hot hatch and it’s the first 'regular' i30 model to be offered with 18in wheels. There are also twin-exit exhaust tailpipes and wing-mounted N Line badges to illustrate the car’s N-inspired status.
Two tiers are available - N Line and N Line+, with N Line+ cars gaining a heated steering wheel, leather and suede seats with memory function on the driver’s seat and electrically-adjustable lumbar support for the passenger, dual-zone climate control and automatic wipers. The range-topping N Line+ automatic costs £24,255. The N Line goes on sale on 3 September.
Changes have been made beneath the skin, too, because the i30 N Line gets a slightly sportier chassis set-up to bridge the gap between the standard line-up and the red-blooded i30N. There are larger front brake discs and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres.
The car is available with the 138bhp 1.4-litre T-GDi petrol engine, which is the most powerful unit offered in the regular range.
Inside, a perforated leather steering wheel and N-branded gearlever knob are nods to the car’s ranking. N-branded suede sport seats that provide better lateral support are available as an option.
Hyundai Europe marketing and product boss Andreas-Christoph Hofmann said the success of the i30N has spurred on the launch of this new variant.