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Hyundai has kicked off a teaser campaign for its third-gen i30 compact hatchback which has been designed, developed, and tested in Europe. It will feature the company’s new ‘Cascading’ front grille flanked by a pair of sweptback headlights and vertical daytime running lights, with both lighting clusters featuring LEDs.
It already looks more refined than its predecessor and appears to be bigger judging by the slightly longer rear doors. As a consequence, it means the new Hyundai i30 will have a more spacious cabin with additional rear legroom thanks to a stretched wheelbase which on the current model spans at 2,650 mm (104.3 inches). We are also expecting a jump in the trunk’s capacity over the current 378 liters of the five-door hatch (wagon has 528 liters).
Details concerning the engine lineup are not available at this point, but we do know the range will be topped in 2017 by an ‘N’ version (pictured above in prototype guise) which will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline unit. It will be a true hot hatch with somewhere in the region of 260 horsepower, as depicted in a teaser video showing the engine on a test bench pushing out 263.9 PS (260 hp / 194 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 308.9 Nm (228.09 lb-ft) of torque.
Albert Biermann, Hyundai’s Head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development, has promised the i30 N will be able to max out at 155 mph (250 kph). Initially, only a six-speed manual transmission is going to be available, but an automatic gearbox is pinned for a 2018 launch. An all-wheel-drive layout is also being considered, although nothing is set in stone at this point.
Getting back to the regular 2017 i30, Hyundai will reveal the car on September 7 and will bring it to the Paris Motor Show set to open its doors on October 1. Sister model Kia cee’d will likely make the transition to the new generation in the second half of 2017.
Note: We have modified the teaser images to reveal more details.