New Hyundai i30 unveiled

* Lower and wider * Classier, more practical cabin * On sale spring 2012...

Author Avatar
John McIlroy
06 September 2011

New Hyundai i30 unveiled

This is Hyundais 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 Hyundais European studios near Frankfurt, the latest i30 gets a new, longer chassis thats designed to free up cabin space. Hyundai has yet to announce precise dimensions, but the companys chief designer, Thomas Brkle, 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 Hyundais hexagonal grille stretched wider than ever before. At the rear theres a definite nod to the iconic Golf; the Hyundai boot badge pops up to reveal the reversing camera, just like the VWs.

?The cabin has a more dramatic fascia, close in design to the i40s, plus higher-quality plastics. Theres also more widespread use of double-stitched leather; cleverly, Hyundai has applied this material to the hood above the instruments, directly in the drivers 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 isnt likely to undercut its rivals on price, wed expect it to provide more standard kit.