New Hyundai i30 N facelift seen on test
The Korean brand’s rival for the Volkswagen Golf GTI will get a mid-life update with a fresh body kit and an enormous twin-exit exhaust
These spy shots offer our first look at the facelifted Hyundai i30 N hot hatch. It will follow the updated standard-issue Hyundai i30 into UK showrooms next year, sporting a range of mechanical and cosmetic revisions which promise to keep it competitive with the upcoming Mk8 Volkswagen Golf GTI which is due to launch in early 2020.
Naturally, the new i30 N will lift the bulk of its cosmetic enhancements from the soon-to-be facelifted standard i30 hatchback, including its front and rear light clusters, tweaked tailgate and styling lines for its doors. In addition, this hot Hyundai will receive new front and rear bumpers, deeper side skirts, fresh alloy wheels and an enormous new twin-exit exhaust. The facelifted car will likely forego the lightweight, carbon-fibre reinforced components found on the special-edition Project C.
Inside, the updated Hyundai i30 N will feature a sports steering wheel, an aluminium pedal box and a pair of leather-trimmed bucket seats, which can be seen through the windows of this test mule. Buyers will also get the Korean brand’s improved 10.25-inch infotainment system and a new digital instrument cluster, lifted from the hydrogen-electric Hyundai NEXO.
It’ll be powered by a tweaked version of the current car’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. However, from next year, Hyundai will offer the i30 N with an optional dual-clutch gearbox for the first time, along with a revised suspension system and improved brakes.
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