2017 Hyundai i30 will spawn the Korean brand’s first-ever road going version of the hatchback developed by ‘N’ performance sub-brand
The new generation version of the Hyundai i30 has been caught on test and it will be launched sometime in 2017 in foreign markets. The recent spyshots has the i30 towing a trailer as Hyundai seems to be on an intense development stage with the globally popular model.
Before the latest spy images at the Nurburgring, where the brand established a dedicated testing facility, the 2017 Hyundai i30 was doing rounds in the Arctic Circle – underlining the various development stages the hatchback has been put through. It competes with the Ford Focus, Seat Leon and Volkswagen Golf in majority of the markets.
The heavily clad test mule revealed nothing about the styling but it’s reported that the new model will adopt a similarly revised grille as its bigger i40 sibling. The performance based i30 carries tremendous anticipation as ‘N’ sub-brand is preparing its first ever road-legal car.
To rival against the Volkswagen Golf R, it has already been spied testing as well. The i30 N could be equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine tuned to deliver a top speed of 155 mph (250 kmph). It’s been confirmed that the i30 N has many technologies derived from the i20 WRC rally car which was in turn developed by the N division.
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The Hyundai i30 Turbo launched recently will continue to have the 1.6-litre Gamma GDI petrol engine making 183 bhp. The rest of the range will stick with the same engine lineup alongside minor tweaks. The 2017 i30, known as Elantra GT in the US, will also be benefited by the Ioniq Hybrid’s development as the 1.6-litre petrol engine connected with an electric motor could be offered as a hybrid version in the hatchback. As for the interiors, it is more likely to feature redesigned centre console and smooth-flowing lines.
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