The all-new 2017 Hyundai i30 has been spied testing in Australia this week, ahead of an unveiling that could occur either late this year or early next.
Last caught testing overseas by spy photographers in August, the new i30 is likely to be in Australia for global hot-weather testing - although the cold weather clear in these photos suggests this visit is for a multi-purpose program.
A local suspension tuning program is also sure to be on the cards for the new i30, but not until the new model nears its Australian sales debut in 2017.
Above: a clearer shot of the new i30, caught testing in Germany last year. More here.
Both are likely here for the same purpose, but, with the Genesis brand now striking out on its own, we can expect the vehicle spied at Hotham to be the anticipated facelift and Genesis G80 re-christening.
It is also possible, however, that this spied G80 prototype is powered not by the 232kW/397Nm 3.8-litre petrol V6 already offered in Australia, but by the more powerful 272kW/509Nm twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6 that debuted with the larger Genesis G90 in December.
Above: a left-hand-drive example of the newly renamed Genesis G80, currently sold here as the Hyundai Genesis.
The G90 won’t be making its way to Australia, but the 3.3 V6 could be an enticing option for Hyundai’s local arm if the overseas Genesis sedan’s flagship 313kW/519Nm 5.0-litre V8 remains out of reach in the future.
Watch for news on the all-new i30 and the updated Genesis G80 to surface in the months ahead.
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