The i30 transformed Hyundai from budget brand to class contender. And an all-new model, which was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, looks set to elevate the firm’s status higher than ever.
It takes styling cues from the recently launched i40. Sharp lines, chrome detailing and LED daytime running lights combine to give a premium feel.
Chief designer Thomas Bürkle said: “The hexagonal appearance is unique to Hyundai, with jewel-like front headlamps adding a strong personality.”
Inside, the i30 gets a modern design that should maintain the brand’s reputation for good build quality. A range of premium options, including keyless go, leather upholstery and sat-nav, will be available.
Engine details have yet to be confirmed, but a 1.6-litre petrol is certain to feature, along with a frugal diesel and a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol unit for a hot variant. Manual and dual-clutch gearboxes will both be offered.
Hyundai hasn’t announced any pricing details as yet, but bosses are confident the i30 will be able to hold its own in this highly competitive market segment.
As ever, there will be a superb warranty package. This should ensure the second generation is as good to own as the current car, which topped our Driver Power satisfaction survey in 2010.