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The Hyundai i30 Fastback four-door derivation is deep into development, with European spy photographers capturing the car, in disguise, for the first time.

Looking conceptually something like a cut-price Audi A5 Sportback, or smaller Kia Stinger/Skoda Superb, the ‘four-door coupe’ version of the i30 is clearly an attempt to woo younger buyers to the brand’s volume staple, in lieu of the axed three-door option.

That body shape will go, allowing Hyundai to focus on the next-generation Veloster as its coupe focus.

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It will also give Hyundai’s European arm a small sedan-type vehicle to slot beneath the i40 mid-sizer, given the Elantra isn’t sold in many key markets on the continent, and in the UK.

One look at the car’s side profile shows it’s no conventional three-box sedan. Hyundai has already confirmed the car is a goer, too. A world premiere at the Frankfurt motor show in September would be a fair guess.

Engines are expected to carry over from the regular i30 hatch (due here inside a few months) and soon-to-be-launched wagon, perhaps with a suitable performance slant.

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Hyundai has the 150kW 1.6-litre turbo unit from the Elantra and i30 SRs, while the N versions of the hatch will have up to 205kW and an electronically-controlled mechanical limited-slip front differential taming the front wheels.

Given the car’s execution, we’d expect the i30 fastback to come out of its plant in the Czech Republic.

 

Australia

Speaking with CarAdvice today, Hyundai Australia communications manager Bill Thomas said that all variants in the i30 range will be considered (although the wagon has now been declared unlikely) for a local launch.

“[The] i30 is a very popular car in Australia and we are studying the possibility of importing all body styles very closely. At this point we can’t say anything more than that, but we’ll reveal more when we have fixed plans,” he said.

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