The new generation Hyundai i30 has finally
been revealed in Europe where it was designed and developed. The i30 is one of
the most important cars for Hyundai globally and may even make it to Indian
markets in the second half of 2017. The i30 is bigger than the i20 in size and
comes in with more features and tech, which will also result in a higher price
tag as well.
The design team for the car was led by
Peter Schreyer, formerly of Audi and who was credited with turning around Kia
Motor's design language. The i30 at present is going to be launched with new
engines in the international market. A turbocharged petrol also may be on the
cards. However the probability of Hyundai bringing in the i30 to India will
depend on the demand for such products in the market and whether customers are willing to shell
out more for a premium hatch from brands such as Hyundai who are also mass
The development engineers of Hyundai Motor
Europe’s Technical Centre in Germany enhanced the driving dynamics of the New
Generation i30 in a rigorous testing programme throughout Europe and on the
famous Nürburgring Nordschleife. The highly rigid and light body with 53 %
Advanced High Strength Steel delivers the base for good ride and handling
characteristics and combined with a 10 % more direct steering and a newly
developed chassis the driver can enjoy dynamic driving abilities without
compromising high levels of comfort.
The New Generation i30 democratises
technology with connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and
wireless charging to enhance smartphone operation and functionality while
driving. Latest active safety features such as Autonomous Emergency Braking,
Smart Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, Driver Attention Alert and
Blind Spot Detection increase passenger comfort to enjoy the ride with the New
Generation i30 even more.
The i30 may get a new 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder
petrol engine while the 1.6litre turbo diesel version will continue to be sold.
Rumors are that Hyundai may also throw in a 7-speed dual clutch automatic
transmission with the new i30 to make things even more enticing for customers.
The new i30 may also feature autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise
control, rear-cross traffic alert, lane assist, blind spot assist and many more
such features. What remains to be seen is how much of this will filter in to
the Indian spec version, if at all there is one!
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