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Frankfurt 2011: Hyundai i30 hatchback breaks cover

Frankfurt 2011: Hyundai i30 hatchback breaks cover image

Text: / Photos: | posted September 14, 2011 17:08

The next generation

Hyundai has unveiled its new-generation i30, a vehicle the company expects will build on the success of the original model thanks to enhanced design, quality, performance and efficiency.

Hyundai i30 interior

Designed and engineered at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the new-generation i30 represents a further evolution of the unique Hyundai form language, 'fluidic sculpture' and offers a choice of four engines.

"When designing the new-generation i30, we used strong, fluid lines to sculpt a car which looks athletic and exudes a sense of constant motion, even when stationary," comments Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre. "We gave the car a bold stance, transmitting a confident attitude through sporty characteristics and dynamic proportions."

Cabin refinement and specification on the new-generation i30 have been inspired by the high standards of the i40. Behind the wheel, for example, drivers benefit from Hyundai's new Flex Steer option with three operating modes to vary the level of steering assistance and feedback to suit driving conditions.

The new-generation i30 will be available with a choice of three gasoline and three diesel variants, with power outputs ranging from 90 to 135 horsepower. A new 1.6 liter VGT diesel engine is capable of 128 horsepower and accelerates the i30 from 0-100 km/h in 10.9 seconds. The new i30 also gets Hyundai's new 1.6-liter 'Gamma' GDI (gasoline direct injection), generating 135 PS and 164 Nm of torque.