Hyundai Australia will go without an automatic option for its i30 N hot hatch for at least another 12 months, with the company's local boss indicating the promised dual-clutch auto won't be here until late in 2020.
"We're getting the DCT. [It will be here] late 2020," he said.
Lee added that the extra volume anticipated to be gained from offering an automatic option for the brand's first hot hatch should bring the local division to a level that pushes head office to invest more in right-hand drive versions of its performance models.
"Once we have the DCT it will increase our [volume], and help to convince HMC [Global] to develop more right-hand drive N products."
In March last year, Andrew Tuitahi, senior product manager for Hyundai Australia, told CarAdvice the dual-clutch auto would be available in Australia from late in 2019. However, it appears that original launch date has been delayed by around 12 months.
Mr. Lee didn't go into further detail regarding why Australia has to wait another year for the DCT i30 N, though given his comments regarding head office and right-hand drive production, it's likely our market has been pushed down the priority list for rolling out the self-shifting hot hatch.
Currently, Hyundai's local division offers the i30 N solely in higher-spec Performance guise with a manual transmission, with both five-door hatchback and five-door Fastback versions available.
Pricing starts at $40,490 plus on-road costs for the hatch and $41,990 before on-road costs for the Fastback.
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