New ‘Euro’ Hyundai i30

NT News - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - By PAUL GOVER

TIME is nearly up for Hyundai’s first­gen­er­a­tion i30 com­pact.

The for­mer Cars­guide Car of the Year is set to be re­placed late this year, or early 2012, and the tim­ing is re­flected in an all­new i30 be­ing se­cretly tested in Scan­di­navia.

The new i30 was cam­ou­flaged but the shape was clear, with a big­ger cabin and a more Euro-style ap­proach to the de­sign.

Carparazzi, which caught the i30 out­side Hyundai’s win­ter test base, said the car was sleeker over­all with a shape much closer to the i45 in Aus­tralian show­rooms and the Elantra’s re­place­ment.

The head­lamps are more stylised and the rear lights have been moved, with LEDs in­stead of bulbs.

Carparazzi ex­pects the new i30 to con­tinue with a 1.6-litre petrol starter en­gine and a 1.7-litre diesel, but the di­rect­in­jec­tion Gamma mo­tor is also ex­pected to be fit­ted.

The i30 could also pick up the high­per­for­mance four be­ing de­vel­oped for the Veloster coupe.

Hyundai is pre­par­ing to re­place its first-gen­er­a­tion i30 com­pact with a more Euro-style de­sign

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