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The next-generation Hyundai i30 five-door hatchback has been spied undergoing testing in the European Alps.

First spotted in August 2015, prototypes of the new i30 were last spied in February in Australia during hot weather testing.

From what we can deduce through the car’s protective cladding and camouflage, the new hatch seems to have a flatter, more formal side profile.

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Up front, there’s a large six-point grille taking up much of the surface area of the front bumper. The grille is flanked by thin headlights and, in the lower section, by a vertical strip of LED driving lights and a small fog light pod.

At the rear, the new i30 will sport a version of the company’s thin tail-light treatment, with these prototypes featuring LED light tubes.

As is currently the case, the new i30 will share its mechanical package with the contemporary Elantra sedan. Volume selling models will likely continue with naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engines.

For Europe there will also be a selection of turbo-diesel engines, although it’s not clear if these will again be offered down under.

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Further down the line, the new i30 will be the first car in the Hyundai range to spawn an N Performance variant. This car is expected to debut in 2018, and will feature a turbocharged engine tied to an all-wheel-drive system.

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The new i30 is set to debut in October, and is likely to go on sale locally in early 2017.

Despite its relative age against its many of its competitors, the current-generation i30 continues to sell well in Australia. Indeed, sharp pricing has seen it vault to head of the sales charts.

By the end of May 2016, Hyundai sold 16,425 i30s, slightly ahead of the Toyota Corolla (16,117) and Mazda 3 (15,976).

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