Hyundai i30 is a premium hatchback that is positioned above the i20 in the global market. It was showcased at the Auto Expo to gauge response. The new generation model is being actively tested on roads in Chennai. It has been recently spied by automotive enthusiast Rishe Kumar / Review, Race and Recipe Channel on YouTube.
The new Hyundai i30 comes in packed with features. It will get a TFT instrument cluster, 17” double spoke alloy wheels, LED headlamps with DRLs, a panoramic sunroof, touchscreen infotainment system and heated and ventilated seats.
The driver’s seat will be 10 way electrically adjustable while wireless phone charging, start/stop button, reverse parking camera, etc will also be among the features offered on the Hyundai i30.
If launched in India, the Hyundai i30 will get both petrol and diesel engine options. These will include a 1.4 liter petrol engine capable of producing 118 bhp power and 157 Nm torque while the diesel engine will offer 134 bhp power and 157 Nm torque. Both engines get mated to a 6 speed manual transmission as well as a 6 speed automatic transmission. Fuel efficiency could be around 17 kmpl for petrol and 22 kmpl for diesel.
Considering its price bracket, launch of the Hyundai i30 in India is highly unlikely as its price would see buyer opt for a premium SUV such as the Hyundai Creta or a sedan like Verna or City.
In global markets, the Hyundai i30 premium hatchback will be regaled for its good looks, spacious interiors and powerful engine. It is positioned above the i20 and will compete with the VW Golf, Ford Focus, Honda Civic hatch, Toyota Auris, Renault Megane and the Toyota Corolla hatchback. None of these cars are on sale in India. If Hyundai launches the i30, it will be an all new segment for our auto industry.