Shortly following the reveal of Hyundai's latest hot hatch, the i30 N, the Korean automaker also launched an all-new variant of the standard i30 called the Fastback. Essentially Hyundai's attempt at making a coupe-like profile for the 2017 i30, the Fastback features a sleek design that is dominated by sharp lines and creases.
Officially, this is the third body style for the third-generation i30 as Hyundai already revealed the wagon version a few months ago.
“The i30 range represents the core of our Hyundai brand in Europe. The i30 Fastback is the newest in our i30 range, bringing a unique new approach to this popular segment. The sophisticated design of this model incorporates the essence of our philosophy, making premium design accessible for everyone,” said Thomas Schmid, chief operating officer at Hyundai Motors Europe.
From its namesake, the new body style gets a fastback profile that Hyundai claimed is akin to a dynamic sports coupe. It has a long hood, short deck design that is accented by muscular wheel arches. Like the hatchback and wagon body styles, the Fastback features tapered headlights and the signature Cascading Grill. Meanwhile the rear has quarter-flanking taillights, an integrated decklid spoiler and rear foglights. Available wheel choices include 17- and 18-inch alloys.
Twelve colors are available for the i30 Fastback. The first three are pearlescent colors, Micron Gray, Phantom Black and Stargazing Blue. The seven metal colors are Ara Blue, Clean Slate Blue, Fiery Red, Intense Copper, Moon Rock, Platinum Silver and White Sand. The last two are solid colors; Engine Red and Polar White.
Like the standard i30, it gets the same interior design as the other models. A three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, electro-luminescent instrument panel, automatic climate control and five-inch display radio will come as standard equipment on the Fastback. Available as an option is the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment can come with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and navigation. Also available is the wireless charging system for smart phones, Bluetooth connectivity and a reverse camera.
An array of turbocharged engines will be available for the i30 Fastback. First up are the two gasoline inline-fours; the 1.4-liter T-GDI which puts out 140 PS and the smaller 1.0-liter T-GDI that produces 120 PS. The bigger inline-four can come with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch while the smaller inline-three will have a six-speed manual only.
A 1.6-liter turbo-diesel will also be offered for the i30 Fastback. It will come in two output ratings, 110 PS and the 'high power' version that generates 136 PS. Both can come with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch.
A plethora of safety features will come as standard for the all-new i30 Fastback. These include autonomous emergency braking (AEB), drive attention alert (DAA), high beam assist (HBA) and lane-keeping assist (LKA). Several driver aids are also available for the the 2018 i30 Fastback such as advanced smart cruise control (ASCC), blind spot detector (BSD) and rear cross traffic alert (RCTA).