Right now, Hyundai fans have their attention focused on the i30 N Project C. It’s an even hotter version of the hot hatchback, slated to debut in just over a week at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. However, that didn’t distract our spy photographers when this rather heavily camouflaged five-door came into view, signifying the future for the i30 beyond the next couple weeks.
Yes, a facelift is on deck for Hyundai’s hatchback, and judging by the amount of camouflage, it could be rather substantial. Up front we can sort-of see the new grille that’s coming, along with a redesigned fascia, freshened fog lamps, and air intakes. Heavy camouflage covers the rear, and a clever false panel gives this prototype a distinct estate look. Don’t be fooled though – this is the shorter five-door and we can suss out new taillights through the sheets. The rear fascia also appears to have some minor tweaks to it.
Gallery: Hyundai i30 facelift spy photos
As for the interior layout and powertrain options, that’s a complete unknown at this point. With the current-generation i30 having debuted for the 2017 model year, this mid-cycle refresh shouldn’t change up the greenhouse beyond some trim updates and added technology. Similarly, engines options will likely carry over with no significant changes, though a bit more power is always a possibility. The current i30 offers a range of four-cylinder petrol engines, along with a turbocharged three-pot and a 1.6-litre diesel. A six-speed transmission with either manual or automatic shifting is offered, with the hotter i30 models using a seven-speed DCT.
We’ve heard no rumours thus far on when the refreshed i30 could land. Perhaps lips will be loosened during the i30 N Project C unveiling in Frankfurt, but even if the rumour mill remains silent, seeing this car sometime next year as a 2021 model makes sense.