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Hyundai gives a sneak preview of the new i30


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Hyundai has published snippets of info and a handful of photos of a design update for its popular i30 hatchback.

So what's changing on the new Hyundai i30?

Styling changes

The PR team at Hyundai say we can expect the full details at the car's 2020 Geneva Motor Show unveiling in March. But for now, we'll have to make do with the little scraps of info they've given us.

First, stylists have re-tooled the bumpers, at least on the N Line trim. Spokespersons stated that the ambition was to create "more visual appeal". It's quite a bit more contoured, with exaggerated vents and sharp lines working together to create a tasteful, yet aggressive look. The bumper makes the car appear wider, with a squat stance.

The team has also been busy dreaming up new LED headlights and vee-shaped Daytime Running Lights, which again add a sharp aesthetic to the car. It's certainly distinctive and you'll be able to tell when an i30 is behind you at night in the rearview mirror.

The as-yet-unseen rear bumper has also reportedly been re-styled, as have the taillights. The facelifted model is also set to run on new alloy wheel designs, available in 16, 17 and 18-inch varieties.

Hyundai i30 2021 teased ahead of Geneva motor show, front view

Interior tweaks

Details are scant, but Hyundai states that the interior hasn't escaped the attention of the design team. There's an all-new digital dash next to an enlarged 10.25-inch display. Hyundai says that it will confirm more teasers as we get closer to the launch.

N Line sport wagon coming in 2021

Sport wagon

Fans of sport wagons, rejoice! Hyundai is planning to offer the i30 wagon as an N Line model for the first time.

Hyundai i30 images enhanced

The press photos released by Hyundai intentionally don't show too much. But with a little Photoshopping, we can cast a bit more light on the car. Here are the enhanced photos:

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With the lights digitally turned up using an image editor, we can see the extent of the revisions.

Enhanced view of the 2021 Hyundai i30 front-end

Want to learn more about the Hyundai i30?
Finder's Alex Jeffs has driven the Hyundai i30N, calling it a "smile-inducing hot hatch". He's also got his hands-on the i30 Fastback N. If you're interested in learning more about the small car, read our everything you need to know about the i30 guide.

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