Hyundai Australia will address the lack of safety technologies like autonomous-emergency braking (AEB) on entry-level versions of its i30 before the end of the first quarter, the company has confirmed.
Speaking with CarAdvice, public relations manager for Hyundai Australia, Guido Schenken, said "i30 Go and Active Safety Pack production has commenced and cars will be available locally later in this first quarter".
That's slightly later than previous reports, which indicated the option would be available from January.
The Safety Pack for entry-level i30 Go and Active (pictured) will add key driver-assistance technologies like the aforementioned AEB, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control, already standard on higher grades.
At the moment, the potentially life-saving features aren't available as an option on entry grades, required by ANCAP's latest criteria to achieve a five-star safety rating.
Hyundai's move for the i30 range is similar to the approach it already takes with the related Kona crossover, which offers a Safety Pack for the base Active grade – though adaptive cruise control isn't available on any variant of the company's smallest SUV.
There's no word on pricing at this point, but $1500 has previously been mentioned as a ballpark figure.