The facelifted Korean hatchback has been snapped with a little less camouflage, ahead of a likely debut in the new year.
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The upcoming mid-life refresh for the Hyundai i30 has been spied again during development testing in Europe.

Compared to the prototypes spied a month ago, the black sheeting has been removed from the front fascia, revealing more elements of the grille and bumpers.

Hyundai has made changes to the front grille and bumper, with the former looking less prominent than the current 'Cascading' design, while lower down there's a futuristic LED daytime-running light arrangement that looks like arrows made up of several smaller arrows.

This vehicle doesn't appear to be the new plug-in hybrid version snapped last time, but we'd expect some design continuity across the range, regardless of the powertrain.

Elsewhere, the changes seem less significant, though it looks like the tail-lights and rear bumper will get rejigged despite the heavy camouflage at the back.

Beyond the exterior design updates, the i30 is expected to get revisions in the cabin, too. Things like the availability of the company's new 10.25-inch infotainment system and an enhanced semi-autonomous driver assistance suite are anticipated.

We'd also expect revised trims and materials, as the i30 continues to pursue upmarket European rivals like the new Ford Focus and upcoming Mk8 Volkswagen Golf.

It's unknown at this stage exactly when the updated i30 will be revealed, though next year's Geneva motor show (or around that time) is a logical guess.

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