Hyundai i30 Fastback is designed to appeal for upmarket buyers with sloping roofline, high spoiler line and a sturdy C-pillar compared to its five-door hatchback sibling
Hyundai’s latest addition to its i30 family is an all-new Fastback with own distinctiveness and will be sold across Europe before the start of 2018. According to the brand, it has a stronger stance despite being present alongside its five-door hatch and Tourer siblings, thanks to the sloping roofline, prominent C-pillar design and tall spoiler line giving a sporty and elongated appeal.
Called as the “The first elegant five-door coupe”, Hyundai has performed design changes like reducing the height of the now-signature Cascading grille and added a lower air intake. The full LED headlamps and DRLs accentuate the overall appearance at front. The rood has been lowered by 25 mm for aerodynamic improvement and to create a coupe-ish stance compared to the regular i30.
The arched rear spoiler integrated into the tailgate, rear windscreen and C-pillar have taken inspiration from the premium segment and are said to provide more visual dynamics. Of the twelve different paint schemes made available, three are pearl colours, seven metallic and two solid colours.
The interior can be specified in either Oceanids Black, Slate Grey or new Merlot Red interior. On the mechanical front, the chassis has been lowered by 30 mm with suspension stiffness increased by 15 percent as the i30 Fastback measures 4,455 mm in length, 115 mm longer than standard i30 hatchback, and 1,425 mm in height.
The standard active safety features Hyundai has offered are Autonomous Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert, High Beam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist. Buyers can also choose pedestrian recognition system from the options list. Other important safety features include Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), the Rear-Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and the Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF).
The South Korean auto major will also be selling optional eight-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and wireless charging for smartphone with Qi standard. Under the hood, you could find a 1.4 T-GDI turbo four-cylinder engine with 140 PS or the 1.0 T-GDI turbo three-cylinder motor with 120 PS.
The former gets either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual clutch automatic while the smaller 1.0L mill has a six-speed manual only. The engine options will further be expanded with the introduction of a new 1.6-litre diesel engine making 110 PS or 136 PS. They will get option of six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission.
It is too optimistic to think that Hyundai would launch its new i30 range in India anytime soon. But, the expansion of premium segments mean that the second bestselling automaker in the country could fancy its chances with the i30 lineup comprises of an ace hatchback, wagon, a fastback and the N hot hatch. It might use the 2018 Auto Expo to survey the response among potential Indian customers and by the end of this decade the possibilities of them making debut cannot be ruled out either.