Facelift Hyundai i30 with mild-hybrid tech and a fresh face

Facelift Hyundai i30 with mild-hybrid tech and a fresh face

Changes to the N-Line range have also been implemented.

Hyundai has unveiled the refreshed version of its i30, which sees mild-hybrid powertrains being introduced to the model.

The trio of i30 derivatives – the five-door hatch, coupe-like Fastback and spacious Wagon version, have all been unveiled ahead of a public debut at next week’s Geneva Motor Show.

Following on from the Tucson and the recently unveiled all-new i20, these refreshed i30 models will also benefit from 48-volt mild-hybrid technology, which will be available as an option on the turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine. It’s fitted as standard, though, to the 1.6-litre diesel engine as well as to a new 158bhp 1.5-litre petrol unit – the latter replacing the 138bhp 1.4-litre powertrain.

The majority of the styling changes are seen at the front, where the i30 adopts a new look seen on the Sonata saloon (not sold in the UK), which brings a bolder and wider cascading grille with a 3D pattern. It also features slimmer headlights with a new ‘V’ signature, as well as optional LED headlights. Redesigned alloy wheels are also on offer.

The rear is a much simpler refresh, with a redesigned rear bumper and new LED lights giving it an updated look.

Hyundai has also revealed the sportier N-Line version, which features revised tweaks such as a wider rear diffuser and new 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels.

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On the inside, the i30 features a new seven-inch digital instrument cluster and a large 10.25-inch touchscreen (on high-spec models) that will boast wireless smartphone mirroring. Connectivity has also been enhanced thanks to new online services and the Bluelink app, which allows remote access to the car, among other things.

A trio of new safety aids also join the already comprehensive list of assistance features – including lane-following assist, rear autonomous emergency braking and a piece of tech that can detect when the vehicle in front has started moving and the i30’s driver hasn’t noticed (at traffic lights, for example).

It will be shown alongside the new i20 at the Geneva Motor Show, with sales expected to kick off from the middle of the year.

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