The Hyundai Motor Company has begun testing of its new і30 hatchback of the third generation. According to the management of the brand from South Korea, the fresh 2017 Hyundai i30 will become a serious competitor for the famous Ford Focus as well as the Volkswagen Golf on the world market, being firmly entrenched in the leading position in its segment.
The manufacturer has already sent its new creation for test rides, without looking for any compromise. It should be noted that during testing sessions of a new model on snow-covered roads, the ambient temperature was about minus thirty degrees Celsius.
The Design of the New Car
The shots of the prototype of the upcoming 2017 Hyundai i30 model have appeared in the Internet, which were caught by the British media. It can be seen in the photos, that the novelty has acquired a more massive grille as well as reshaped headlamps. Small changes have been also made to the rear lighting.
In general, the appearance of the vehicle will not be significantly modernized. Despite of the minor changes, the new i30 exterior will be almost identical to the previous version of the car.
According to unreliable sources, it became known that the instrument panel of a novelty will be designed in a different style. The center console will get some improvements. The car will be equipped with a new steering wheel. The manufacturer promises to mount the new front seats, in particular, paying maximum attention to the driver’s seat in order to ensure a more comfortable ride for long distances.
Technical Specs of the Novelty
Regarding to the technical equipment of the latest model, it can be said that there is no official information at the moment. If you believe the rumors, the range of power units will include 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engines, which is also mounted in the restyled Kia Ceed.
There is also information that the atmospheric engine with capacity of 1.6 and 1.4 liters can be completely excluded from the list of equipment for this model, while the 1.6-litre diesel and turbocharged petrol powertrains will still be used in the new car’s versions.
The Company’s Plans
During the presentation of the hybrid car, the Hyundai brand has shared their plans to release the supercharged versions of N-models. Currently, Albert Beermann’s staff is working on the production of three models. The first one will be the i30N.
The car will be placed one level higher than the i30 Turbo model in the line of cars from the manufacturer. This version of the hatchback will get a two-liter turbocharged engine, which is mounted on the concept version of RM15. It will be coupled with the all-wheel drive transmission.
There is no information concerning to the capacity of the power unit of this model for today. It should be noted, that the RM15 prototype was powered by the unit, producing 300 hp with a maximum torque of 385 Nm.
Then the Genesis car will be launched – the all-wheel-drive as well as the rear-wheel-drive G70 N (it will be a serious competitor for the BMW M3/M4). The name of the third novelty of the automaker is kept as a secret, but it can be assumed, that it will turn out to be the second generation of the Hyundai Veloster.
We have been able to obtain some idea about the «top-end» version of the Veloster from the Hyundai RM15 and the Veloster Midship Concept cars. It is most likely that the supercharged version will get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged powertrain with an output of 300 hp and a six-speed manual gearbox. Probably, the i30N model will get the same set of features.
Let’s get back to the Genesis subbrand. As everyone knows, the lineup will increase to 6 models by 2020: the G80 and the G70 sedans will appear after the G90 flagship.
Insiders also report about the launch of a sports coupe as well as two crossovers. The G70 N will apparently be a coupe of a sports type. To keep up with the 430-horsepower BMW M4 from the Korean manufacturer, it would be nice to get a 5.0-liter eight-cylinder engine, producing 425 hp, from the Arsenal of the G90 model. But according to reliable sources, it became known that the two-door version of G70 N will feature the 3.3-litre six-cylinder turbo engine with a power greater than the current 370 hp.
The predecessor of the N division is considered to be the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept, presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September of the last year, equipped with a powerful engine producing 884 hp. Any serial production is never promised – just the potential of a fresh brand has been revealed.
The Release Date of the 2017 Hyundai i30
The official premiere of the fresh 2017 і30 hatchback will be held this fall at the Paris Auto Show.