Hyundai Australia will bolster its performance car range in 2013 with the addition of the sporty Hyundai i30 SR hatchback to the local line-up.
As revealed by CarAdvice in May, the uprated i30 hatch will benefit from a larger, more powerful direct injection engine as well as a number of sports styling enhancements over the standard i30.
Revealed in production-ready concept form, the Hyundai i30 SR borrows its 2.0-litre petrol engine from its larger i40 sibling. Producing 130kW and 213Nm, the engine has 18 per cent more power and 20 per cent more torque than the base i30’s 110kW/178Nm 1.8-litre powerplant, promising improved acceleration and performance.
Based on the mid-spec i30 Elite, the Hyundai i30 SR scores a unique black sports grille, LED daytime running lamps in the front fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear diffuser, partial leather/leatherette upholstery with red inserts, and chrome and red SR badges.
Hyundai Australia marketing director Oliver Mann says the i30 SR is not intended to be the quickest hot-hatch on the block, but rather a sports-themed package with added flair and ability.
“Our intent would be to deliver driver enjoyment over outright speed and to offer sporty drivability and everyday practicality in an affordable package,” Mann said.
The Hyundai i30 looks destined to compete with the reborn Nissan Pulsar SSS, which is also on display at the 2012 Sydney motor show. Nissan’s new ‘warm-hatch’ is powered by a 140kW/240Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, and has been confirmed to join the all-new small car line-up by the middle of next year.
The Hyundai i30 SR concept is joined at the Sydney motor show by the smaller Hyundai Accent SR concept and the recently released Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo.