New Hyundai i30 revealed

* First image of next i30 small hatch * Debut at Frankfurt motor show * On sale next year...

10 August 2011

New Hyundai i30 revealed

This is Hyundai's next i30, previewed in a design rendering ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show.

The new Focus-sized hatchback replaces the model introduced in 2007 and brings some of the styling cues that were introduced recently on Hyundai's i40 Tourer, including a hexagonal front grille and pronounced 'shoulders' over the front wheelarches.

Hyundai has yet to release technical details, but we'd expect further efficiency gains over the current model, including a lean diesel variant that takes CO2 emissions under 100g/km.

A hybrid or full electric i30 is unlikely in the near future, though; Hyundai has been trialling those technologies in other countries, but has concerns about customer demand for them in the UK.

The new i30 is due on sale early next year and is the first in a range of revamped models for Hyundai over the next 18 months.

The styling of the line-up - which also includes a new Santa Fe and i20, plus the Veloster coupe - is designed to be more 'emotional', according to Hyundai Europe's president Chang Kyung Han. 'The new generation is a real leap,' he said. 'The model line-up is moving forward emotionally and technically.'