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).

Hyundai i30 N Spy Pics
Hyundai i30 N Spy Pics
Hyundai i30 N Spy Pics

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.

Hyundai i30 2.0 Turbo development car

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.

Source: Hyundai

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A car for everybody: Hyundai Motor unveils first details of the Next Generation Hyundai i30

  • Next Generation Hyundai i30: first insights ahead of the forthcoming public world premiere
  • A car for everybody – designed, developed and tested in Europe
  • More refined and timeless design that features the new Cascading front grille


10th August 2016 – Hyundai Motor Europe today unveiled its first hints about the Next Generation i30, which will celebrate its world premiere on 7th September before making its debut at the Paris Motor Show next month.

Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group, said: “It’s a car for everybody - for the design of the Next Generation Hyundai i30, we didn’t just look at one customer, we focused on a wide range of different people. The design is an evolution of Hyundai Motor’s design language with natural flowing lines, refined surfaces and a sculpted body to create a timeless appearance. With the Next Generation i30, we are introducing our further developed grille: the Cascading grille.”

Designed, developed, and tested in Europe, the Next Generation i30 is Hyundai Motor’s car in the heart of the Hyundai range representing the core of the brand.

While people’s behaviours and interests increasingly change towards technology-driven solutions, individuality and flexibility, Hyundai Motor moves on, redefines its offer and takes the next step with its customers. The Next Generation i30 offers highest value, an efficient and dynamic powertrain line-up, state-of-the-art safety and connectivity to meet European and global customers’ needs.