New ‘Euro’ Hyundai i30
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