i30 three-door images
Hyundai’s brand-new i30 tree-door wasn’t due to make an appearance until the 2012 Paris Motor Show, but the first images are now out.
This is already the third member of the i30 family and the first to sport the 3-door look. It will join the 5-door hatchback and wagon as part of Hyundai’s “made for Europe” lineup of C-segment vehicles.
Hyundai’s goal with this release is to reach a wider audience and it’s safe to say that the stylish and sporty “fluidic sculpture” design of the 3-door Hyundai i30 is one that is likely to impress.
The hexagonal grille that has become something of a Hyundai trademark gets a sleek looking black-finished mesh insert. The grille is flanked by some sporty looking fog lamp clusters that connect to LED daytime running light strips.
The mesh look is included in the clusters and the entire front end is finished off by a new look lower bumper.
The rear end get a new look too, with a remodeled lower bumper that hold horizontal, sculpted for lamps. These are in stark contrast the upright lights seen on the 5-door model.
The combination of the new lights and a black insert at the bottom of the bumper give the rear end a much sportier look. The exterior design is finished off with some exclusive 16-inch alloy wheels.
Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Europe, said that he believed the introduction of the all-new i30 three-door coupe into the Europe only market would help boost Hyundai’s presence in the segment.
He went on to say that the new design incorporating the fluidic sculpture interpretation would help build brand awareness across Europe.
Despite being a somewhat different beast from the Hyundai i30 5-door model, the all-new 3-door i30 sticks with the positive characteristics of quality, equipment, and comfort that were highlights of the earlier model.
The car has been equipped with Europe-tuned riding and handling, whilst also allowing the driver to use the FLEX STEER system to adapt to prevailing conditions, as well as preference.
The all-new 2013 Hyundai i30 3-door will come with a choice of six different engines, with the highlight of the powertrain range sure to be the U-II’ 1,6L diesel engine, generating 128 ps yet emitting only 97 g/km of CO2.
Those numbers are enough to give the car the ability to deliver the best power to efficiency rating in the segment.
The upcoming i30 is perhaps the best example of Hyundai’s commitment to making cars in Europe that are designed for that continent only. What that means is a meeting of the minds between the R&D Centre in Germany and the production plant in the Czech Republic.
To back up that brilliance, Hyundai will be offering a Five Year Triple Care package, comprising a five-year unlimited warranty, five years’ roadside assistance, and five years of vehicle health checks.
As mentioned above, the brand-new Hyundai i30 three-door will receive its official unveiling at the Paris Motor Show in September.
Stay tuned for more news about the new Hyundai i30!