Warm­ing up to small sedan

Cockburn Gazette - - DRIVEWAY -

HYUNDAI has revealed de­tails of its warmed-up i30 Sedan N Line, set to launch in Aus­tralia later this year.

The N Line range will head­line the i30 Sedan range — nee the Elantra — with the same 150kW/ 265Nm 1.6-litre four­cylin­der turbo-petrol en­gine in its Cer­ato GT ri­val. It’s paired with ei­ther a six-speed man­ual or seven-speed dual clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and has a raft of me­chan­i­cal up­grades for more sporti­ness: 18-inch al­loy wheels, a stiffer sus­pen­sion in­clud­ing a multi-link in­de­pen­dent rear set-up and larger front-brake ro­tors.

Auto vari­ants score pad­dle shifters and a se­lec­tion of drive modes, plus in­te­rior up­grades in­clud­ing a leather-wrapped per­fo­rated N steer­ing wheel with metal­lic spokes, N sport seats with leather bol­sters, gearshift with metal ac­cents and leather in­serts, and al­loy ped­als.

The N Line range also gets sporty ex­te­rior touches.

The grille is de­signed to be more ag­gres­sive-look­ing and adds an N Line badge and in­tri­cate geo­met­ric pat­tern, while the front end also has ar­row-shaped air cur­tains for bet­ter aero­dy­namic per­for­mance and en­gine cool­ing.

There are racy side skirts and glossy black mould­ing on the wheel wells, side­view mir­rors and side skirts.

At the back is a sculpted rear end with in­te­grated spoiler to fur­ther en­hance aero­dy­nam­ics, plus chrome twin ex­hausts and N Line rear dif­fuser.

Safety gear in­cludes lane-keep­ing as­sist, lane-fol­low­ing as­sist, high­beam as­sist, driver-at­ten­tion warn­ing, blind-spot col­li­sion avoid­ance as­sist and rear cross-traf­fic col­li­sion-avoid­ance as­sist, while com­forts in­clude wire­less Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto con­nec­tiv­ity.

Pric­ing will be revealed closer to launch.

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