We have already spotted the next-gen of the 2017 Hyundai i30 hatchback undergoing testing. The automaker hopes to boost its sales worldwide with the new model. Hyundai has revamped the model inside-out.
In addition, the automaker has equipped the hatch with latest technologies and safety features to rival the likes of Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. Read along to find out more:
2017 Hyundai i30 Exterior
After redesigning the i20, Hyundai has decided to give the i30 an all-rounded revamp as well. The new model has sharper lines that add a dose of aggressiveness to the model. The model is however immediately recognizable as the i30. At the front, the model features a longer engine hood courtesy of the new A-pillars which have been moved backwards.
Hyundai has also used the Cascading grille on the new i30. The grille comes with a new mesh and sharper hexagonal surrounds. Flanking the grille are three projector LED headlights. The headlights are angled towards the model’s snout to make the front look sportier. Below the grille is a revised bumper which features triangular intakes on the sides. The side intakes are integrated with LED DRLs. The center air intake on the bumper looks more like a splitter.
Over to the sides, the i30 features a sloping roofline with a prominent character line just beneath the windows. The B-pillars as well as the mirror caps have been blacked-out. Buyers can opt for either 15-inch steel wheels or alloy wheels which are standard. 10-spoke, two-tone, 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels are available options.
At the rear, the i30 features new LED taillights, a revised tailgate integrated with a new spoiler as well as a revamped bumper. Hyundai has added extra lights under the i30s tailgate to give it a unique look.
Overall, the body is quite aerodynamic with a 0.3 coefficient of drag which is very impressive for a hatchback. The model will be available in 12 colors with Polar White and Engine Red being the only solid colors.
2017 Hyundai i30 Interior
The new interior design cannot be compared to that of the outgoing model since it has been completely redesigned with better quality materials. To start with, the dash has a horizontal layout while the center stack has a ‘floating’ touch-screen. The screen integrates media, navigation and other technologies. The new instrument cluster has blue accents and white dials while drivers will love the new heated, 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel.
As for the upholstery, base models feature a quality cloth to keep the model in the affordable realm. However, for extra dollars, buyers can have their i30 seats, door panels and dash wrapped in an authentic “cow hide”. The driver’s seat has memory functions. Buyers can opt between Oceanids Black and Slate Gray/Oceanids Black for cloth or leather upholstered models. Indigo/Blue/Oceanids Black is exclusive to leather-upholstered models. As far as interior room is concerned, the automaker has promised segment-leading roominess (official details are not yet out). The model offers a 13.9 cubic feet of cargo space.
Tech-wise, the i30 comes with a wireless inductive charging pad, a dynamic rear camera, a USB port and Bluetooth as standard features. An 8-inch navigation system with a 7-year subscription to TomTom LIVE, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and 3D maps are available options.
Safety is also well taken care of; it features front collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, blind spot warning, automatic cruise control, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert and driver attention alert. 7 airbags complete the list of available safety features.
Engine Specs and performance
The i30 features a number of engines. The base model features three gasoline engines and a diesel mill. The base gasoline engine is a 1.4 L, 4-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine which produces 99 horses. This engine is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission system.
The second gasoline mill is a 1.0 L, 3-cylinder turbocharged mill. It produces 118 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. It is also paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The most potent gasoline mill is a turbocharged 1.4 L, 4-cylinder engine good for 138 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. In addition to the standard 6-speed manual gearbox, this engine will get an optional 7-speed dual clutch transmission system.
Enthusiasts of diesel mills are not left out. The automaker offers a 1.6 L, turbodiesel mill in three variations. The base produces 94 hp; the mid iteration offers 108 hp while the most powerful iteration of the mill produces 131 hp. The most powerful iteration (131 hp) produces 203 lb-ft of torque. The diesel engines are mated to the 6-speed manual gearbox as standard; 7-speed dual clutch system is offered as an option.
Price and release date
Hyundai will not risk varying the price of the new i30 significantly, as that would affect its sales due to fierce competition in this segment. As such, I expect the prices to vary only slightly from the current prices.
Currently, the base model has an MSRP of $17,330. The model will be released to the public during the upcoming Paris Motor show in October.
While this segment features many competing models, two stand out; they are the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus. The new 2017 Hyundai i30 will thus face huge competition from these two models. However, keeping its price under these two models will sway many price conscious buyers.
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