2017 Hyundai i30 gets fresh design, new 1.4T engine

Mitchell Jones

The Hyundai i30 has seen staggering popularity in Australia and the all-new third-generation version looks set to continue that success.

2017 Hyundai i30

Completely unveiled ahead of its public debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month, the 2017 i30 features a range of fresh powertrains to go with its new look.

The headline act is a new 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder combined with a six-speed manual or the brand’s seven-speed dual-clutch auto as seen in the Veloster Turbo Series II and Tucson 1.6 Turbo. In this application, the 1.4 develops 103kW of power and an impressive 242Nm of torque.

Joining it in Europe (not Australia) will be an 88kW/171Nm 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder, with peak torque arriving between 1500-4000rpm, as well as a naturally aspirated 1.4-litre with just 73kW. Diesel duties will be handled by a 1.6-litre unit generating 70kW, 81kW or 100kW.

2017 Hyundai i30-interior

The new i30 benefits from a rigid body that utilises 53 per cent advanced high-strength steel. With the car rigorously tested at the Nurburging, the company is promising superior dynamics and comfort to the outgoing model and that’s before the local testing regime for Australian-delivered models.

New features include autonomous city braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and blind-spot detection. Interior presentation benefits from the use of new materials and layout.

The new i30 will go on sale here during the second quarter of 2017, with the hotly-anticipated N performance variant following thereafter.

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