Hot versions of regular Hyundai models are on the way, Auto Express has learned. Talking to Auto Express at the launch of the new Ford Focus rival, the i30, Hyundai Europe chief operations officer Allan Rushforth said that there were plans for a 'GTI' style version.
"We realise, just as you guys do, that we need to inject some life into our cars," Rushforth said. "We are looking at, and have looked at, introducing sportier models with things like stiffer suspension into the i30 and i40 segments."
"The dual-clutch gearbox in the Veloster was us dipping our toe in the water, but we do have a dual clutch strategy and it will be rolled out into other models so watch this space."
Hyundai already has already revealed a 198bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine option for the Veloster – and such an engine is expected to be available in an upcoming three-door 'GTI' version of the i30. It'll be a while away, though, as the standard three-door won't be revealed until later this year.
Hyundai is also toying with the idea of giving the Ford Mondeo-rivalling i40 a stiffer suspension set-up and a bodykit and calling it a Sport model.
Sister company Kia is also developing a hot hatch version of its cee'd. Insiders told Auto Express that the 1.6-litre turbo engine has already produced 240bhp in testing – and the upcoming new three-door pro_cee'd would get a slightly detuned version. The pro_cee'd debuts at the Paris Motor Show in September.