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2017 Hyundai i30 previews new design, debuts Sept. 7

August 10, 2016

Hyundai is previewing the next-gen, 2017 i30, which it calls a “car for everybody”, before its public debut at the Paris motor show in September.

2017 Hyundai i30 teaser-grille

So far only a few poorly-lit teaser images have been handed out, but according to the company the new model will showcase a more refined and timeless design, headed by a new cascading front grille.

As you can see, the front end looks much more up-market, with slimmer headlights skirted by LEDs, along with a more sophisticated grille surround. Peter Schreyer, president and design chief at Hyundai (former Audi design boss), said:

“It’s a car for everybody – for the design of the Next Generation Hyundai i30, we didn’t just look at one customer, we focused on a wide range of different people. The design is an evolution of Hyundai Motor’s design language with natural flowing lines, refined surfaces and a sculpted body to create a timeless appearance.”

2017 Hyundai i30 teaser-rear

The company says the new model has been designed, developed, and tested in Europe. It’s expected to come with a number of advanced technologies, while boasting, according to Hyundai, the “highest value” in its class.

Specific details on the powertrain are yet to be uncovered but it’s believed the new model will come with a range of turbocharged engines. European customers already receive a 137kW 1.6-litre turbo. An N performance model is also likely, bringing proper hot hatch performance to the popular small car.

An online reveal will take place on September 7, followed by the public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show at the end of the same month.

2017 Hyundai i30 teaser-front

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.