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2012 Hyundai i30 (Elantra Touring)

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."

Hit the jump to read more about the new Hyundai i30.

Exterior and Interior

Hyundai i30 (Elantra Touring)

The new i30 features Hyundai’s latest ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language which utilizes flowing lines inspired by nature and modern architecture. This design theme was first used on the Hyundai ix-onic concept at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show and has been used on every model since then.

Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center, commented: "When designing the new-generation i30, we used strong, fluid lines to sculpt a car which looks athletic and exudes a sense of constant motion, even when stationary. We gave the car a bold stance, transmitting a confident attitude through sporty characteristics and dynamic proportions. In this way, the car is very close to the all-new i40, and the Hyundai design DNA is easy to recognize on these models."

Hyundai i30 (Elantra Touring)

The interior was inspired by the i30’s bigger brother - the i40 - and features all of the latest technologies offered by Hyundai, including the new Flex Steer option. This option can be used to vary the level of steering assistance and feedback in order to suit driving conditions and make the journey more pleasurable.

Engine

Hyundai i30 (Elantra Touring)

The new Hyundai i30 will be offered with a choice of three gasoline and three diesel engines, with power outputs ranging from 90 to 135 HP. Hyundai is expecting that the best sold engine will be the highly-efficient 1.6-liter variable geometry turbo (VGT) ‘U-II’ diesel unit that delivers a total of 126 HP at 4,000 rpm and 192 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with this engine, the i30 will sprint from 0 to 62mph in 10.9 seconds and top speed of 122mph. The top of the line petrol variant will be the 1.6 liter Gamma DGI engine producing 133 hp and 121 lb-ft of torque.

Prices

Hyundai i30 (Elantra Touring)

The new-generation i30 will go on sale in Europe in early 2012 as a five-door hatchback. Prices will be announced at a later date.

Competition

Hyundai i30 (Elantra Touring)

The i30 is a very successful model in Europe, but over in the States it will have to face big competition with the Ford Fiesta . The new generation Fiesta features an improved exterior design that makes it even more attractive. It is offered with a wide range of petrol and diesel engines: 1.25-liter (60 and 80 HP) and 1.4-liter (91 HP) Duratec petrol engines, and 1.4-liter (68 HP) and 1.6-liter (90 HP) diesel engines.

Hyundai i30 (Elantra Touring)
LOVE IT
  • Impressive engine line-up
  • High-tech interior
  • Better look
LEAVE IT
  • Not as impressive as competition



24 comments:

I’m really impressed with the looks of this i30. I should say that I much more impressed with the new looks of this than before, and I love the high-tech interior of it.

i30 really looks so simple but still very appealing on that. I also noticed that its navigation system is absolutely awesome on it. However, I think it will be more impressive if they use an elegant color on its interior.

The new facelift of i30 is really impressive, it is much more appealing than before. The headlights give the aggressiveness of it. As always, great ’fluidic sculpture’!

I’m so impressed with the exclusivity of this i30 and I have to agree that the design of it really improves a lot. However, I still noticed that they didn’t add some upgrade on its engine.

I love the decent looks of i30, and it also looks so classy and sophisticated on it. I as well noticed that its exclusive interior is already perfectly matched on its outside appearance.

This is undoubtedly a good-looking vehicle, and I really love the exclusivity of it. However, I think Hyundai should have focus more on how they could boost their engine.

Hyundai is really notorious with their fluidic theme which truly looks so impressive on their cars. Well, I would admit that I absolutely admire their cars except only on its weak speed performance.

When it comes with an awesome looking car, I must say that Hyundai will never disappoint us. Frankly, their cars are really simple but it is very appealing and homely either but when it comes in figure performance, I can’t say that it is also awesome just like what its rival has.

The side rim of this i30 absolutely looks so cool with it! I also noticed that the design of its front grille, only adds more striking looks of this vehicle. However, I’m still disappointed with its engine output.

I think Hyundai should have focused more on how they can boost the engine of their vehicles, just like with this i30 of them. It maybe looks so perfect but its engine is truly so disappointing about it.

The latest technology that this Hyundai vehicle offered is truly very awesome on it! However, I’m still not impressed on the engine that they used on it, although it is a bit good for this one.

Its engine line-up is really impressive for this Elentra, and I must say that I love its very high-tech interior! smiley As for the exterior of it, I can say that its simplicity is absolutely looks so striking.

This new model of i30 from Hyundai is really striking on its aesthetic design. I just only hope that this time they also boosted the engine of their cars. Anyway, the interior seems so cool either.

I don’t think that with its engine, and horsepower is quite enough to beat its competitor but surely, it absolutely looks so good and striking in spite of having simple detailing.

The car lines adds more classy and expensive looks on this car, it looks so elegant though I noticed that it only had a simple platform. Anyway I don’t like the interior touch that they used but it seems that the amenities of it is so entertaining.

I30’s new look is very impressive on it. It is much more looking great on its new facelift, and I still love the sleek body paint of this elentra. Hmm, I must say that I really can’t wait to see this in person.

Battista Pisani was right, but I’m really impressed with the looks of this i30. I should say that I much more impressed with the new looks of this than before, and I love the high-tech interior of it.

Hyundai i30 is more advanced and can stand for more distinct design. See the difference, its still much impressive than to its competitor. It just myself expression.

A better look indeed but I just noticed that they still didn’t enhanced and improved the engine of this i30. Well, I must say that I’m so tired of only a good looking car but had a poor performance. Maybe they should improve it first than the looks of their cars.

When it comes with an awesome looking car, I must say that Hyundai will never disappoint us. Frankly, their cars are really simple but it is very appealing and homely either but when it comes in figure performance, I can’t say that it is also awesome as its competitor.

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