UPDATE, December 16, 2020, 11:20am: CarAdvice has obtained a more comprehensive list of standard equipment offered with each i30 N grade. We've updated the story with the new information.
December 16, 2020: The 2021 Hyundai i30 N appears set to arrive in Australian showrooms in March or April 2021 with more power, increased standard equipment levels and a choice of manual and dual-clutch automatic (DCT) gearboxes.
According to details posted to a Hyundai owner group on Facebook, purported to be from an internal dealer bulletin, the facelifted i30 N will touch down early next year with a choice of three variants: a 'base' variant, the mid-spec Premium, and a range-topping 'Premium with Sunroof' grade.
The new range structure falls closer with line with the less-powerful i30 N Line hatch and sedan, both of which offer 'standard' and Premium variants, and replaces the pre-facelift i30 N's base, 'Luxury Pack' and 'Luxury Pack with Panoramic Sunroof' model grades.
While pricing has yet to be confirmed, given the additional equipment and performance on offer, it's likely prices will increase slightly across the range – with rises of around $1000 to $3000, depending on variant.
A list price for the flagship, sunroof-equipped, DCT automatic variant of around $49,000 before on-road costs could be on the cards, according to the post.
For reference, prices for the current range are pegged at $41,400 for base cars, $44,400 for Luxury Pack models and $46,400 for the flagship Luxury Pack with Panoramic Sunroof.
All variants will be fitted as standard with the Performance Package offered as an option in Europe.
Under the bonnet is a revised version of the current car's 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, developing 206kW of power and 392Nm of torque – up 4kW and 14-39Nm over pre-facelift i30 N models.
Drive is sent to the front wheels through a choice of six-speed manual or, for the first time, eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions. However, not all transmission options can be had with all variants, with the Premium and Premium with Sunroof grades only available with six-speed manual and eight-speed auto gearboxes respectively. The base grade offers a choice of two or three pedals, however.
The updated i30 N can complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 5.9 seconds (down 0.2s), towards an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h.
A full roster of performance-enhancing chassis features are bundled with the Performance Package – and will be standard in Australia – including a limited-slip front differential, high-performance brakes, a variable sports exhaust, adaptive dampers, launch control and a performance data recording system.
The forged 19-inch wheels (shown at the bottom of this story) – wrapped in bespoke Pirelli P Zero HN tyres – which are currently included as part of the Performance Package will also be standard across the local range.
Opening the Australian range is the eponymous, 'base' i30 N, available with a choice of manual and dual-clutch automatic transmissions.
Standard equipment includes sports seats, metallic sports pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 4.2-inch digital instrument display (between the analog dials), a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite navigation and DAB+ digital radio, keyless entry, push-button start, a reversing camera and dual-zone climate control.
It also features LED headlights, tail-lights, indicators and daytime-running lights, power-folding exterior mirrors, tyre pressure monitoring, cruise control, wireless smartphone charging, rear parking sensors, puddle light projection and a temporary space-saver spare wheel.
A wide suite of active safety technologies will be standard-fit from the base grade up including autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, driver attention monitoring, forward collision warning, lane-keep assist and lane-following assist.
Both manual and dual-clutch i30 N models will feature blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, though only automatic variants can detect and brake for obstacles (versus just hazard detection in manual cars).
Replacing the outgoing Luxury Pack model is the renamed i30 N Premium, mated exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission.
Key equipment additions will include heated, leather/Alcantara-trimmed N Light sports bucket seats (pictured above), a heated steering wheel, front parking sensors, electrochromatic rear-view mirror, rear privacy glass, rain-sensing wipers and Alcantara interior accents.
Sitting atop the range is the Hyundai i30 N Premium with Sunroof, available solely with the eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
It includes all features bundled as standard with the manual-only Premium, and adds – as its name suggests – a panoramic sunroof.
The facelifted model's exterior colour palette will carry over unchanged from its pre-facelift counterpart, comprising Performance Blue, Engine Red, Phantom Black, Polar White, Shadow Grey and Dark Knight (dark grey).
Dark Knight and Phantom Black command a $495 premium, with all other shades available at no extra cost.
The 2021 Hyundai i30 N is slated to land in Australian showrooms in March or April 2021.
Expect full pricing and specification details to be officially confirmed by Hyundai Australia closer to launch.