Hot hatch-inspired looks without the performance leap
The sportier-looking Hyundai i30 N Line has been unveiled in Europe, bringing a dash of sportiness to non-N hatchbacks.
Following the template laid out by Audi's S-Line, Mercedes-Benz's AMG Line and BMW's M Sport packages, the new i30 N Line upgrades the hatch's visuals to almost match the i30 N, but leaves the engine untouched.
Key to the i30 N Line are its new front and rear bumpers, which look almost identical to the ones fitted to the i30 N. The main differences we can spot are the use of silver instead of red accents for the front chin spoiler and rear diffuser element.
Trainspotters and Hyundai aficionados will also notice a different exhaust setup, with the N Line featuring two tips grouped together on the right, while the i30 N has one on each side of the diffuser.
While the i30 N has larger wheel arches to accommodate its 19-inch rims, underneath the N Line's standard arches are 18-inch alloy wheels paired with PS4 Michelin Performance tyres. That said the design of both sets of wheels are almost identical, although the N Line misses out on the N's black accents.
Stopping ability comes courtesy of new 16-inch brakes, one inch larger than the set fitted to standard i30 models in Europe.
On the inside, the N Line features perforated leather for the steering wheel and gear shifter knob. Buyers can also opt for gripper sport seats partially covered in suede and fitted with N branding.
The company claims it has N Line's tuned the suspension, brake and engine response to "add extra spice" to the driving experience.
The Hyundai i30 N Line goes on sale in Europe during the northern summer with a 103kW turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine. Hyundai hasn't confirmed whether the package will be offered Down Under, but we'd be surprised if it didn't appear as part of a model year update some point. Fingers crossed, warm-hatch lovers!