Not only have Hyundai and Kia been busy making their lineups more complete, reliable, and desirable, but they have also been working on introducing higher-performance models, like the Genesis Coupe and Genesis R-Spec . One model that some of us have been wondering if Hyundai would ever give the high-performance treatment to is the Elantra GT , which is known as the i30 in other markets.
Well, the Elantra GT may not be getting the high-performance nod, but it looks as if it is in the cards for its i30 brother, as reports are emerging that Hyundai will release a high-performance i30 dubbed the RS i30 at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. We anticipate this new model to feature the same 200-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine found in the Veloster Turbo and compete with the likes of the Volkswagen GTI and Renault Megane RS .
From the reports, we expect to see a slightly lower body, more aggressive styling, sport seats with contrasting stitching, and sporty accents throughout the interior. We will also likely see improvements to the braking system, like larger diameter rotors, to help bring this more powerful 5-door hatch to a stop.
Given the slow-for-a-performance-hatchback 6.9-second sprint to 60 mph that the Veloster Turbo gives us, don’t expect the significantly heavier i30 to be anything more than a 7.3- to 7.5-second car to 60 mph. The only way the RS i30 will impress us is if Hyundai completely revises the 1.6-liter engine to pump out more ponies and dip its 0-to-60 number to under 7 seconds, but we don’t see that happening.
There is no information on whether the i30 will actually make it to production nor if its drivetrain will make it into the Elantra GT. We’ll keep an eye out for more leaks to come down the wire.
The second model in Hyundai ’s new i30 family will be making its world debut next month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The new i30 wagon will borrow everything from its five-door hatch brother, except, of course, for the fact that its overall length will be increased by 185 mm and it will offer increased trunk space: from 378-liters to 528-liters.
The Hyundai i30’s exterior will be distinguished by Hyundai’s hexagon-shaped grille and jewel-like headlamps. On the side, it has received a pronounced swage line that runs horizontally and rises all the way to the rear lights. The rear windscreen wraps around the D-pillars, increasing interior luminosity and benefiting visibility.
Under the hood, Hyundai will place the same engine line-up found in the hatchback version: three petrol engines and three diesel engines with power ranging from 90 to 135 HP.
Full details will be unveiled next month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned!
Just four years after its first unveiling, the Hyundai i30 has entered its second generation with its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The i30 shares its platform with the Kia C’eed and the new generation benefits from Hyundai ’s latest "fluidic sculpture" – the company’s distinctive design DNA.
Ever since its debut in 2007, there has been over 360,000 i30 units sold in Europe - making the i30 one of the most successful models on the market, but Hyundai hopes to improve upon that number with the new generation.
Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: "We expect the new-generation i30 to play a significant role in developing our sales and brand image in Europe, taking on the leading vehicles in the C-segment and joining the all-new i40 as a brand ambassador and quality benchmark for Hyundai."
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Hyundai announced a range of Blue vehicles that will offer emissions below the crucial 120g/km barrier. First to be revealed is the i30 Blue that will go on sale in September at a price of £13,155.
The i30 hatchback is powered by the familiar and acclaimed 1.6-litre CRDi engine and offers better value than low emission rivals, including the offerings from Ford and Volkswagen.
In addition the i-Blue badge will also be used on all i10 models which produce less than 120g/km. The introduction of the new 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine, available from September, means this will apply to every i10 with a manual transmission.
Hyundai has scored a major coup, beating a field of the world’s best cars to win the 2007 CARSguide Car of the Year award with its diesel-powered i30 hatchback. Praised by the judging panel for its style, handling and performance features, the i30 was also voted CARSguide Green Car of the Year in recognition of its small turbodiesel’s frugal and eco-friendly performance.
The newly unveiled i30 station wagon will be available in both European and US market, but firsts to benefit from the latest Hyundai station wagon will be the Europeans. The station wagon version is not the only one to come first in Europen; all the other versions of the car will come in Europe first starting late 2008. The first i30 body style, a five-door hatchback, will be introduced in Europe this summer, but not be sold in the US. The hatchback is built in Korea now, but production of (...) More