Frankfurt motor show 2011 - Hyundai i30

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Hyundai i30
Hyundai i30
• Lower and wider than current model
• Classier, more practical cabin
• On sale spring 2012

This is Hyundai’s new i30, which will aim to offer Golf- and Focus-beating space and a higher-quality interior, when it goes on sale in spring 2012.

Designed at Hyundai’s European studios near Frankfurt, the latest i30 gets a new, longer chassis that’s designed to free up cabin space. Hyundai has yet to announce precise dimensions, but the company’s chief designer, Thomas Bürkle, has admitted that the wheelbase has stretched slightly for the new generation. Luggage space has increased too, by around 10%.

The new i30 also looks lower and wider than the car it replaces. The front end is particularly dramatic, with a low nose and Hyundai’s hexagonal grille stretched wider than ever before. At the rear there’s a definite nod to the iconic Golf; the Hyundai boot badge pops up to reveal the reversing camera, just like the VW’s.

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The cabin has a more dramatic fascia, close in design to the i40’s, plus higher-quality plastics. There’s also more widespread use of double-stitched leather; cleverly, Hyundai has applied this material to the hood above the instruments, directly in the driver’s line of sight.

Hyundai has yet to release engine details, final spec and pricing for the car, but we'd expect at least one of the diesel engines to dip beneath 100g/km of carbon dioxide.?

Although the i30 isn’t likely to undercut its rivals on price, we’d expect it to provide more standard kit.

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