The Hyundai i30 - Australia’s second top-selling passenger car - has been revealed in its mid-cycle updated form today ahead of a world premiere in Geneva next week.
The company has revealed the MY20 versions of all three i30 body styles offered in Europe: hatch, Fastback, and wagon. It has not revealed the updated, rage-topping i30 N Performance hot model with its expected eight-speed DCT automatic, as yet.
The European facelift brings new super-efficient engines with 48V electrical systems, more safety technology, and a broader N-Line range including a wagon version. But Hyundai Australia is waiting for the local launch in the second half of 2020 to tell us this market's specifics.
The MY20 range gets requisite styling tweaks, including a 3D pattern grille (which looks angry, if we were to anthropomorphise), flanked by slimmer LED headlights. N-Line versions get a sportier, bespoke front bumper.
At the rear there are new LED combination lights, and a rejigged bumper design. There are also redesigned wheels sized between 16 and 18 inches. Finally the new model comes in three extra exterior colours: Dark Night, Silky Bronze and Sunset Red.
The interior redesign comprises “more refined and modern air vents” and the addition of three new interior colours: Pewter Gray, Ebony Brown and Charcoal Grey.
But the tech updates are more substantial. These include the option of a more modern 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster and a more visually arresting 10.25-inch infotainment screen that can project wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto like the new i20.
You also get access to Hyundai’s online services ecosystem which provides cloud-updated voice recognition, live traffic feeds, and app services such as Find My Car and remote locking.
The range of driver-assist features available has been expanded to include systems that:
Keep you in the centre of your lane on highways (like the Toyota Corolla’s Lane Trace Assist), warn you when the car ahead departs if you’re slow to follow, and AEB functions that automatically brake for obstacles in reverse and detect bicycles ahead of you.
Because Europe has more stringent emissions caps, Hyundai offers different engines there compared to here. The base drivetrain for the MY20 i30 is a 1.5-litre petrol with 81kW and a six-speed manual (6MT) gearbox.
Next is a 1.0-litre turbocharged unit with 88kW mated to either 6MT or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions. This engine can also be had with a 48V electrical/motor system that can power certain functions allowing the engine to decouple for longer to save a small amount of fuel.
The 100kW 1.6-litre diesel engine with 6MT or 7-DCT is now fitted with 48V as standard, as is the new 118kW 1.5-litre T-GDI turbo-petrol engine mated again to a 6MT or 7-DCT.
The Hyundai i30 is the second most popular passenger car in Australia after the Toyota Corolla, and we are one of the world’s key markets for it. The updated i30 arrives “second half of 2020,” the company’s local arm tells us.
Whether Australia will keep the current 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol, 1.6-litre diesel, and 150kW 1.6-litre T-GDI engines remains to be confirmed, but we would suggest that’s the more economically sensible, and therefore likely, option.
You can expect the interior and exterior changes to apply, though.