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Update: Some sources suggest this may be a KIA, to be confirmed.

With sister company Kia designing one beautiful car after another, Hyundai is now in the process of revising its successful lineup. Starting with the ever so popular Hyundai i30.

Although it’s impossible for us to officially confirm these photos as being of the new i30, given its size we suspect that it’s the model’s replacement. Or another vehicle that will compete in the same segment.

From the outside it measures very similarly to the current i30. We believe this is an early prototype undergoing testing. As you can see, it’s sporting LED day-driving lights similar to the ones seen on spy photos of the i40 CW. From the back it’s a similar story as we can see new lights with LEDs.

It’s hard to work out the final shape from these photos. Nonetheless you can be assured that it will be a looker as Hyundai continues its plans for world domination. Little is known about engine and drivetrain configuration, although we suspect it will be an improved version of what is currently on offer. Perhaps a hybrid or electric variant will also surface for this model.

The Hyundai i30 came to Australia in 2007 so if it’s to have a five-year product life, the new one should be out by the end of 2012. Hyundai Australia sold 29,772 i30s in 2010.




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