We have managed to catch a prototype that seems to be the new generation i30. As you may see, aside it’s going to be offered as a hatchback (which is already introduced) the 2018 Hyundai i30 will receive a few additional body styles, such as wagon and fastback sedan. Now, the car manufacturer hasn’t said whether they have a plan to offer the sedan model to the North American buyers, yet since they do that with the hatchback variant, we assume that the 2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback might arrive in the U.S. dealerships as well. In case you don’t know, the i30 hatchback is offered as the Elantra GT in the United States.
2018 Hyundai i30: Styling and Features
Since we already know how it looks Hyundai’s third-generation compact car, we can presume in which direction will go the development of the 2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback. The interesting sedan will definitely feature the exact front-end styling, while the rest of the bodywork should feature svelte lines. Essentially, Hyundai’s new model will fight against Audi’s A3 Sportback and Mercedes-Benz’s CLA Shooting Brake, so let’s say it will have a similar design. Of course, i30’s distinctive cues such as a stylish grille or the aggressive and small headlights will definitely adorn the front end.
Even though it’s going to ride on the same platform as its hatchback sibling, the 2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback should offer more space inside, at least for the rear-seat passengers. The rest of the cabin should be pretty much the same, which means that the drive should enjoy in a big head-up display. Of course, the topping trim level will offer the best possible equipment such as fine leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, and Hyundai’s Blue Link Alexa. Safety features will include cruise control with start and stop functionality, automatic emergency braking, and lane keeping assist, which is not bad at all for the newcomer.
Engines and Transmission
The Hyundai i30 sedan will use pretty much the same engines as the hatchback. This means that the base model comes paired with a turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-liter unit that delivers 120 horsepower. In case you need more power, there will be a bit stronger four-cylinder 1.4-liter engine, which is capable of producing 140 hp. This car will have “diesel side” as well. The oil-burner will be paired with a 1.6-liter CRDi. This mill can produce 95, 110, and 136 hp, which depends on the model you pick.
Most of the options will come paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and front-wheel drive. However, we are sure that the Korean car manufacturer plans to keep a six-speed manual gearbox for some options. In case Hyundai decides to offer the 2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback in the United States, the car might also get a 1.6-liter, turbocharged inline-4. The mill is capable of producing 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.
Price and Arrival
In any case, the 2018 Hyundai i30 sedan will make its official debut later this year, likely at this year’s Paris motor show. We can’t say the exact figure at the moment, yet the price should start from around $15,000.