Hyundai has been actively testing the new i30 premium hatchback ahead of launch in India scheduled for sometime in 2019. Spy shots have appeared, drawing attention to the fact that the hatchback could be getting ready for its official launch in India.
The latest spy shots were clicked recently when the car undergoing emission tests close to ARAI facility in Pune. This emission testing equipment was fitted to the rear of the Hyundai i30.
Measuring 4340 x 1795 x 1455 mm in length, width and height, Hyundai i30 will be positioned between the Hyundai Elite i20 and the Creta, if launched in India. It has a kerb weight of 1,316kgs and sit on 16” alloy wheels. These dimensions make the car larger than some of the popular sedans we have on sale in the country.
Hyundai i30 will boast of a style in line with Hyundai Fluidic Design Sculpture 2.0. It gets a new hexagonal grille, new headlamps with LED DRLs and projector units and horizontal split tail lamps with LED.
Hyundai i30 is currently on sale in European as well as American market where it is sold with engines complying with EURO VI emission norms. In India, 2018 Hyundai i30 could receive the same options that we have seen on the new Verna – a range of a 1.4 liter and 1.6 liter petrol and diesel engines.
It is not clear as to what the Hyundai i30 would rival, as there is no large hatchback on offer in the country in the segment. But that is going to change.
Tata Motors is developing a new hatchback which is currently codenamed 45X. Spy shots confirm that the car has a larger size as compared to existing hatchbacks in the country. Apart from this, VW has also been spied testing the Golf in India. Are car manufacturers planning to launch larger, premium hatchbacks in India in the coming months?