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2013 Hyundai i30 three-door sporty hatch revealed

September 15, 2012

Even though its chances of ever coming to Australia are extremely slim, Hyundai has pulled the wraps off the sporty new 2013 Hyundai i30 three-door hatch that we thought you might like to see. The new model will debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in just a couple of weeks.

Like the new 2012 Hyundai i30, the three-door version showcases the company’s latest ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language. With no rear doors its gives the stylish shape an almost coupe theme.

From the front the three-door can be distinguished by a new black mesh grille, new fog light clusters, and a fresh lower front bumper bar. A set of bespoke 16-inch alloy wheels are also unique to the three-door.

At the back the difference is more obvious, with the inclusion of swooping C-pillars, a new bumper bar, and a horizontally-opposed set of fog lights which replace the vertical style on the normal five-door hatch.

Power comes from the same lineup of petrol and diesel engines as what is offered in the normal five-door.

Hyundai says the three-door has been designed, engineered and manufactured in Europe, for the European market. It will go on sale there in the very near future.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.