Hyundai has revealed the updated i30 ahead of a public debut at the Geneva motor show.
In Europe, hatchback, fastback, and wagon versions have been revealed featuring the MY20 updates.
The changes include a refreshed design, new connectivity features and a 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain option.
Externally, the updated i30 is distinguished by a wider front grille with an accentuated 3D pattern, slimmer LED headlamps, new V-shaped signature LED daytime running lights and redesigned diamond-cut 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels.
At the rear, there’s a new bumper design which was developed to improve aerodynamic performance, along with LED combination lamps that create a V-shape for a symmetrical effect between the front and the back.
The new i30 comes in three new exterior colours: Dark Night, Silky Bronze and Sunset Red.
On the inside, buyers will find new air vents, Pewter Grey trim, wireless smartphone charging, a modern 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, and a new 10.25-inch navigation touchscreen with wireless Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility.
For the first time, the new i30 will be available with Hyundai’s full-featured Bluelink technology. Through Bluelink, Hyundai offers a wide range of Connected Car Services that provide live information and the control of the car via an app.
The system offers real-time traffic updates, online voice recognition, a find my car function, remote unlocking, alarm notifications and maintenance reminders.
Safety has been boosted with the addition of Lane Following Assist which automatically adjusts steering to help keep the vehicle centred in its lane, a Rear Collision-avoidance Assist (RCA) system that can activate the brakes to avoid a collision when the car is in reverse, and Leading Vehicle Departure Alert which warns the driver when the vehicle ahead of them starts moving forward and they don’t react quickly enough.
Overseas, Hyundai offers the entry-level i30 with an 81kW 1.5-litre petrol engine matched to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Jumping up a level, there’s an 88kW 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Buyers can also pick this engine with the 48V mild hybrid tech.
Mild hybrid technology is also available as standard on the 1.6-litre 100kW diesel engine and the 1.5-litre 118kW turbocharged petrol unit. Both of these engines are offered with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Locally, Hyundai is expected to continue with the naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre petrol, 1.6-litre turbo-petrol and the 1.6-litre diesel unit.
The updated i30 is scheduled to reach Australia in the second half of 2020, local specs and pricing will be confirmed closer to the launch date.
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