Hyundai is releasing the first images of the third-generation i30 hatch.
The new model is due to be revealed on 7th September on Hyundai’s website, before making its public debut at the Paris Motor Show at the end of the month.
The teaser images show a styling treatment clearly evolved from that seen on the latest version of the i30’s larger sibling the i40. The front grille is wide and bold, and framed by headlamps with a more angular design.
The pictures also suggest that the new i30 will follow the brand’s stated aim to move its image upmarket – the exterior clearly aimed at presenting a more premium look.
Few details of the new i30 have so far been released but it is expected to get a new engine range and a host of connected technology. Industry reports also suggest that it will no longer be offered as a three-door model alongside the much bigger selling five-door.
The new i30 is very much aimed at the European market, with its design, development and testing all carried out in Europe. And according to Hyundai Motor Group president and chief design officer, Peter Schreyer, it is a car for everybody.
“From a design perspective, we haven’t just considered one customer; we have focused on a wide range of different people,” Schreyer says.
“This model showcases an evolution of Hyundai Motor’s design language with natural flowing lines, refined surfaces and a sculpted body to create a timeless appearance. (And) we are also introducing our further developed grille: the Cascading grille.”