The 2021 Hyundai i30 Sedan has been revealed ahead of an Australian arrival later this year.
Locally, the i30 Sedan replaces the Elantra nameplate and brings four-door coupe-styling that could provide the i30 range with the sales boost to knock off the Corolla as Australia’s most popular passenger car.
Built on the brand’s K3 platform, the wheelbase has gained 20mm to now measure 2720mm. The car measures 4676mm long, 1826mm wide and 1414mm high.
Along with the longer wheelbase, the new platform brings improved proportions with a shorter front overhang, a lower centre of gravity, a lower seating position, a new suspension mounting structure and upgraded steering by moving the gearbox position upward.
In terms of design, there’s a wider cascading grille featuring a parametric-jewel-pattern, a forwarded profile with a longer bonnet, new 15-, 16-, and 17-inch-wheel designs, a wing-type lower rear bumper, and rear glass with a black deck accent to enhance the coupe-like shape.
On the inside, depending on the trim level a 10.25-inch information-display cluster, a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, 64-colour ambient lighting, a unique cornering grab handle for the passenger, a high centre console and low-placed handles will be available.
Hyundai’s local arm is yet to confirm what powertrain options will be offered in Australia. At launch, overseas markets will get a choice of petrol and petrol/electric hybrid models.
The hybrid set-up combines a 1.6-litre GDI Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder petrol engine with a 32kW electric motor and 1.32kWh lithium-ion battery pack to deliver a total of 103kW and 264Nm. It will be paired with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
We will likely get the new 109kW/179Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine matched to a CVT automatic.
For context, the current entry-level Elantra is powered by a 112kW/192Nm 2.0-litre petrol engine, while higher grades get a 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The later could be used to power N-Line versions of the i30 Sedan.
Hyundai Australia has confirmed the new i30 Sedan will replace the Elantra in the second half of 2020. Local specifications and pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.
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