Hyundai i30 Fastback Revealed - Is India On The Cards?

Alain Brian
Juillet 17, 2017

Hyundai is all set to launch its first ever hot hatchback i30 N (Nurburgring) in February 2018.

The upcoming Hyundai i30 N is one of the most anticipated cars right now and it is easy to understand why. Compared to the five-door version, the i30 N is 4 mm lower with 18-inch wheels and 8 mm lower with 19-inch wheels.

If you get past your badge snobbery, and you should have by now, the i30 N is stacking up to be serious competition. At the rear, the triangular third brake light in the new glossy black spoiler and the double muffler exhaust underline the sporty stance of this hatchback.

Power comes from a choice of two T-GDI turbocharged, direct-injected petrol engines - a 120 PS 1.0 litre three-cylinder mill and a 140 PS 1.4 litre four-pot - mated to either a standard-fit six-speed manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in the case of the larger mill.

This Hyundai's even got launch control function which controls engine torque when starting from standstill to avoid excessive wheel spin and slingshot acceleration. Speaking of which, buyers can choose between either a standard system with a five-inch monochrome screen and Bluetooth capability, or an upgraded colour capacitive touchscreen unit with a reverse camera. The different modes change the character of the vehicle, adjusting the engine, dampers, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD), sound, steering and rev-matching.

Actually, they've thrown quite a lot of performance tech at the i30 N: there's electronically adjustable suspension, electronic limited slip diff and five driving modes that allow the driver to set up the auto for however their mood suits, and Hyundai says that the i30 N is just as happy doing the daily commute to the office as it is pounding around a racetrack on the weekend. It has an annual production capacity of 350,000 cars. The facility opened in 2008 and started production of the first generation i30 the same year.

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