The first official model from the Korean automaker's new N performance division, the i30 is said to take inspiration from the marque's exploits in the World Rally Championship and will be offered in two flavours; standard N and more hard core N Performance Package.
Aesthetically, the N features an aggressive bodykit made up of enhanced front and rear bumpers, black honeycomb grille, blacked out headlights, red lip front splitter, black rear diffuser with red striping, black boot spoiler and flared wheel arches to accommodate the 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin rubber, or in the case of the Performance Package, 19-inch rims wrapped in Pirelli wheels.
Standing four millimetres lower with the 18s and eight millimetres with the 19s compared to the normal i30, the N's list of changes underneath the skin consists of a rack-mounted motor driven power steering system, five mode drive selector (Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom), electronically controlled suspension, Stability Control that be deactivated completely and a rev-matching function.
As well as Launch Control and an electronic sound generator, the Performance Package adds a variable exhaust valve system with two settings, an Electronic Limited Slip Differential and red N badged brake calipers.
Claimed to be solely focused on the driver, the interior of the N gets an electronic instrument cluster, N sport steering wheel with three modes (Normal, Sport and Eco), N branded sport seats trimmed in a combination of suede, leather or cloth, five-or eight-inch infotainment system incorporating satellite navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a g-force readout, and a N branded gear knob.
In terms of safety tech, the N comes fitted as standard with Autonomous Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Assist, Speed Limit Information System with Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Keeping Assist and High Beam Assist.
Up front, the N mirrors its more established rivals in being powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine delivering 184 kW and 353 Nm of torque, or in the case of the Performance Package, 202 kW with torque remaining as is. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h with the standard N taking 6.4 seconds to reach 100 km/h from rest, and the Performance Package 6.2 seconds. A six-speed manual is the sole transmission available.
No word has yet been if the i30 N would arrive in South Africa.
Supplementing the standard i30 hatch and station wagon, the new Fastback is claimed to provide a "sophisticated twist with an elegant character", and boasts a completely redesigned roof lining some 25 mm lower than the hatch. Despite retaining the same frontal appearance as the hatch, the Fastback is also 30 mm lower overall with the overall length growing by 115 mm relevant to the standard i30.
The interior continues unchanged with a clutch of safety system being made of Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Sport Detector, Lane Keeping Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Assist, Speed Limit Information System with Traffic Sign Recognition and High Beam Assist.
As with the standard i30, the Fastback will be offered with a either a 1.0 T-GDI developing 88 kW or a 1.4 T-GDI with 103 kW, and a 1.6 CRDI with outputs of 81 kW and 100 kW. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on all models with a seven-speed dual-clutch optional on all but the base petrol engine.
Like the i30 N, Hyundai South Africa is yet to announce if the Fastback will become available locally.