Official preview of the updated Hyundai i30 N

Following the facelifted i30 range, Hyundai revealed the first official pictures of the updated i30 N, together with some information about the upcoming hot hatch. As we can see, the i30 N looks very similar to our renderings.

Compared to the outgoing model, the updated i30 N is distinguished by the redesigned bumper incorporating a wider grille and new intakes (similar to the facelifted N-Line), new headlights with LED graphics, redesigned rear bumper with a brand new diffuser and considerably larger dual exhaust tailpipes, updated LED taillight graphics as well as a new set of lighter 19″ wheels!

Inside, we expect the new hot hatch to benefit from the larger 10,25″ touchscreen with an updated infotainment system, a new 7″ screen inside 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.

Like the rest of the range, the safety equipment will probably 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).

Under the bonnet, we expect to have the same 2.0-liter Turbo-GDi engine producing 202 kW / 275 hp and 353 Nm of torque (up to 378 Nm in overboost). However, Hyundai will offer the brand new 8-speed DCT (dual clutch automatic) transmission with paddle shifters – just like in the Veloster N – as an alternative to the 6-speed manual gearbox. 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.

Click here to read our review of the Hyundai i30 N Performance

Read more in the official press release below:

New Hyundai i30 N will feature new design and dual-clutch transmission

  • Hyundai Motor has released the first pictures of the new i30 N, revealing a design defined by performance
  • New, lightweight forged 19-inch wheels enhance the sporty character of the car
  • First application of high-performance eight-speed dual clutch transmission (N DCT) on a Hyundai model in Europe
  • The new i30 N will be ready to tackle the road and the trackHyundai Motor has revealed the first information about the latest generation of its best-selling hot hatch, the i30 N.

In a series of low-lit images which were released today, viewers can see that the new i30 N will have an updated design focused on dynamic performance, emotion and statement. The new i30 N features new, aggressive-looking front and rear bumpers, two large exhaust pipes, a wide centre grille with the N signature, and new rear lamps and new LED headlamps with V-shaped DRLs. The new design makes the car look fast even when it is standing still.

The images also show newly-developed 19-inch forged alloy wheels, which are lighter than those of the previous i30 N, contributing to weight reduction in the car.

Hyundai has also revealed that the new i30 will be available with the company’s eight-speed dual clutch transmission (N DCT), including dedicated N performance shifting functions – the first Hyundai car in Europe to do so.

With these updates, the new i30 N will be ready to tackle the road and the track.

More details will be revealed soon.