Hyundai i30 N facelift: Everything we know so far plus exclusive renderings
Following the facelifted i30 range, Hyundai is expected to reveal the updated i30 N hot hatch this year, so we decided to create this exclusive rendering showcasing the upcoming design updates.
The current Hyundai i30 N was launched in 2017, however the company plans on refreshing it since there has been quite a lot happening in the C-Segment lately. The addition of new and facelifted competitor models like the brand new VW Golf VIII GTI, last year’s Ford Focus ST (MK4), as well as the recently facelifted Renault Mégane R.S and Honda Civic Type R brought the sales battle to another level.
The facelifted i30 N will incorporate redesigned front bumper with a wider grille and new intakes (similar to the facelifted N-Line), new headlights with LED graphics, slightly redesigned rear bumper with a diffuser and dual exhaust tailpipes, as well as slightly updated LED units for the taillights. A few elements will be inspired by the i30 N Option Concept (2018) and the i30 N Project C (2019) while we also expect new wheel designs.
Inside, the new hot hatch will benefit from the larger 10,25″ touchscreen for the updated infotainment, a new 7″ screen in the middle part of the instrument cluster and wireless charging pad for smartphones. It will also come with the beloved mode-changing buttons on the steering wheel, aluminium pedals and a sporty gearknob, while we expect it to get new trim for the dashboard and the N-branded seats.
The safety equipment will gain the Lane Following Assist (LFA), Rear Collision-avoidance Assist (RCA) and Leading vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA), while retaining the Front Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian recognition, Driver Attention Warning (DAW), High Beam Assist (HBA), Intelligent Speed Limit Warning (ISLW) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA).
*Pictured is the interior of the facelifted i30 N Line hatchback.
Under the bonnet, there will be the same 2.0-liter Turbo-GDi engine producing 202 kW / 275 hp and 353 Nm of torque (up to 378 Nm in overboost). The big change will come in the transmission, as besides the 6-speed manual gearbox, Hyundai will also offer a brand new 8-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters (which will also find its way to the Veloster N). Power will be sent to the front axle with the help of the limited-slip differential (E-LSD).
The hot hatch will also retain the sophisticated electronically controlled suspension system with selectable driving modes (Normal, Sport, N, Custom), tuned with the help of the local N Performance Australia team of engineers.
The facelifted Hyundai i30 N is expected to be unveiled in 2020, while an Australian launch is planned for 2021.