Photographers have snapped images of the facelifted Hyundai i30 in Europe, and it appears updated hatchback range could be headlined by the availability of plug-in hybrid power.
Despite the heavy camouflage we can see the revised i30 will get a new grille and rejigged headlights with fresh LED daytime-running lights, along with changes to the bumper and new intakes.
It appears two different prototypes were spied in this set of images, one being a regular combustion-powered i30 and the other a plug-in hybrid. How do we know? The PHEV appears to have a flap in the camouflage where the front badge is – likely hiding the charge port.
The i30 'plug-in', or whatever it will be called, will likely share its petrol-electric drivetrain with the upcoming Kia Ceed Sportwagon PHEV, which is due to be revealed before the end of this year.
It's likely the hybrid system will be the same as, or similar to that used in the Niro crossover, which pairs a 104kW/147Nm 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine with a 59kW electric motor and 8.9kWh battery pack.
The Niro Plug-in Hybrid claims an EV range of 49km on the WLTP test cycle, meaning the smaller and lighter i30 could better that slightly.
Not much is visible at the rear, but it's likely we'll see revised graphics for the tail-lights and details in the rear bumper too.
We haven't got images of the interior yet, but the i30 should get a mild cabin revamp incorporating the company's new 10.25-inch infotainment system, and the potential availability of a digital instrument cluster nicked from the Kia XCeed crossover.
Other changes will likely be revised cabin trims and materials, while drivers should be assisted by the company's latest active safety and assist technologies, which should allow for Level 2 autonomous driving.
As for engines beyond the PHEV model, it's likely Hyundai will replace most of the current line-up with its Smartstream efficient powertrain family and transmissions.
The vehicles here appear to be European models, so there could be variances compared to the Australian range, which is sourced from South Korea.
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