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Geneva 2020 updates for Hyundai’s sporty hatchback i30 twins

OFFENBACH, Germany – Hyundai Motor has released details of its upcoming 2020 i30 ahead of its media debut at the March 2020 Geneva auto show to display a new design, advanced connectivity, and an electric hybrid.

The brand is also updating its sporty i30 N Line to make the model, for the first time, available on the new i30 Wagon, from the middle 2020. ”The i30 N-inspired design features,” the automaker tells us, ”will continue to be available on the i30 hatchback and fastback.”

2020 HYUNDAI i30. Image: Supplied

Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Hyundai Europe’s VP for marketing, added:  ”We’ve listened to customers and determined a need for a safe and reliable C-segment car with state-of-the-art connectivity and efficient power trains – and that looks good.

“The new i30 covers customers’ needs at an attractive prices (yet to be announced) – It really has a universal appeal. A grille wider than the previous model includes a wider grille with a 3D pattern and slimmer headlights – normal or with multifaceted reflector diode tech and new V-shaped diode daytime lights.”

SPORTY AND SPORTIER: The grilles are the identifiers. Image: Supplied

Four-door hatches get a restyled ”more aerodynamic” bumper and tail lights said to improve aerodynamic performance. The diode rear combination lights, VW explains, ”create a V-shape for a symmetrical effect between front and the rear”.

Diamond-cut 16”or 17” alloy wheel rims will be standard.

WHAT ABOUT THE N-LINE?

The ”motorsport-inspired” N Line trim has been updated for the hatches and fastbacks and for the first time has been added to the wagon models – meaning an N Line version of all three i30 models.

The front of the coming i30 N Line has a wider grille and new headlights (said to take their design from aeronautic jets); the lower grille is bigger and dominating. The tail has been completely overhauled with repositioned foul-weather lights set lower than before.

HYUNDAI i30 N LINE HATCH. Image: Supplied

”The new i30 N Line Hatch and Fastback models,” VW adds tuning updates for suspension and steering which,  with the 1.5 T-GDi 112kW and 1.6 diesel 102kW engines for a more dynamic ride.”

…AND THE CABIN?

The interior design, VW says, includes fresh connectivity features shown on a new 19cm digital cluster and a new 26cm navigation touchscreen, each compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, around the midle of 2020 will be added wireless phone mirroring and wireless charging.

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Driver assistance features will include a SmartSense safety package that includes lane-keeping, blind-spot monitor, rear parking radar, bicycle and pedestrian recognition, and a cute wake-up for drivers who fail to note the car ahead moving off.

HYUNDAI i30 N LINE HATCH. Image: Supplied

If all that isn’t sufficient, the Hyundai will itself call for emergency assistance.

MORE ENGINE PERFORMANCE

Hyundai will introduce 90kW 1.5-litre engine with dual-port Injection to spin a six-speed manual transmission and a one-litre, .

The 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol engine with 89kW and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission to add to the previous five-speed manual. Or the same model can come with fuel-saving 48V hybrid tech and a six-speed manual transmission.

2020 HYUNDAI i30. Image: Supplied

The 1.6-litre diesel engine capable of 101kW again mated to a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch transmission. It will also be available with the 48V mild hybrid system and manual or auto shifting.

The range-topper will have a new 1.5-litre T-GDI engine capable of 120kW and also with electric support and choice of transmission.

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