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by Brett Davis

Hyundai has revealed the new 2012 Hyundai i30 facelift ahead of its official 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show debut. As outlined by the 2012 Hyundai i30 teaser sketch released last month, the new Hyundai i30 will feature the new-look Hyundai face which is increasingly being adapted to the Hyundai range.

Upon first impressions, there seems to be a significant step up in quality for the new 2012 Hyundai i30, in terms of design. Every panel is much more coherent and consistent with curves and kinks and an overall much more solid stance.

From the front, the new Hyundai i30 features Hyundai’s new face including a large, almost hexagonal, grille layout with a darkened central bar across the middle. The new i30 also features a more modern headlight design that extends right up the front guard, while LED daytime running lights are placed around the spotlights.

Like the exterior, the 2012 Hyundai i30 interior is turned up a notch in terms of design and quality. The dash fascia features vertical central highlights, such as the air vents, while the door trims and outer dash goes for a horizontal theme, all highlighted by silver trimming. The steering wheel and button placement is also new and shared with other recently released Hyundai models.

As previously reported, Hyundai is planning to ramp up production and sales of the Hyundai i30 and hopes to produce 300,000 units per year, as opposed to the current 200,000.

Specifications and trim level details will be revealed next week at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The show starts on Tuesday September 13.

As far as an Australian launch goes, Hyundai Australia’s Ben Hershman has confirmed the new model is set to hit local showrooms half way through 2012. Local pricing and details will be released closer to the launch.

In the meantime, what do you think of the new design?




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