2018 Hyundai i30 N ’N Option’
The Hyundai i30N ’N Option’ is the i30 N customized to your preferences. Yes, the i30 N is already one of the best hot hatches on the market, but Hyundai reckons their customers want to make the cars their own, which is where the ’N Option’ steps in.
The Korean manufacturer thinks the 274-horsepower i30 N could take on some visual enhancements to make it look even meaner. That’s why Hyundai brought the i30 N ’N Option’ Concept to Paris. Yes, a concept, not the production-ready version. Granted, Hyundai assures us that this concept is the face of things to come in terms of ways you can personalize your own i30 N - as well as other Hyundais from the N lineup in the future.
Performance figures weren’t altered with the ’N Option’, but we don’t think that is a must. I mean, the i30 N already has a top speed of 155 mph from that buzzing 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot and 260 pound-feet of torque at just 1,500 rpm.
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2019 Hyundai i30 N Fastback
The i30 N is the high-performance version of the Hyundai’s compact i30 hatchback. Now that it has a competitor for the popular Ford Focus ST and the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Hyundai is launching an N-prepped version of the i30 Fastback model, basically creating a new niche on the affordable performance car market.
Essentially identical to its hatchback sibling, the i30 N Fastback employs the same aerodynamic package on the outside and the same extra features on the inside. Even the engine is identical, so you will benefit from both tunes if you want a sedan instead of the hatchback. The good news here, besides the diversity factor, is that there’s a chance that the i30 N Fastback might come to the U.S. Until that happens, let’s find out more about its features and performance.
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Hyundai i20 WRC
Introduced in 2008 as a replacement for the Getz, the Hyundai i20 was redesigned for 2014, when it received a brand-new exterior design with more angular features and a new, turbocharged three-cylinder in addition to revised version of the previous engines. Unlike its predecessor, the second-generation i20 also spawned a race car, marking the company’s return to the World Rally Championship.
Updated for each new competition season since its introduction in 2014, the i20 WRC has been once again re-engineered ahead of the upcoming 2017 World Rally Championship. Although not yet ready to hit the difficult gravel and tarmac courses of the WRC season, Hyundai brought a pre-production version of the new race car at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
Much like its predecessors, the i20 WRC is a heavily modified version of the road car, featuring an aggressive aero kit, an FIA-approved interior, and a race-spec engine and transmission. According to Hyundai, prototypes have been tested since April across numerous locations in Europe and in a variety of different conditions. Testing is set to continue toward the end of the year in order to get the car ready ahead of its debut at Rallye Monte Carlo in January 2017.
"The 2017 WRC regulations have allowed all teams to start from a blank page, which has offered us an exciting engineering challenge. The changes will raise the level of entertainment in WRC on stages around the world with wider and more powerful cars. We have been putting our experience from two full seasons of WRC into practice, as we aim to build on our successful 2016 campaign," said Hyundai Motorsport team principal Michel Nandan.
The final version of the 2017 Hyundai i20 WRC will be revealed by the end of 2016.
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Hyundai RN30 Concept Features a Powerful Engine, AWD, and Lots of Lightweight Materials
The slick little speed hatch you see here is called the RN30 Concept, and it just broke cover at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Using the latest-generation i30 as a foundation, Hyundai built the RN30 as a track-only specialty that showcases the company’s performance chops.
Making it go is a modified 2.0-liter engine, the same powerplant slated for use in a forthcoming high-performance production model. Extra grunt is added courtesy of a larger turbocharger, with forged engine components installed to handle the increased boost. All told, Hyundai says output peaks at 375 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of torque, far surpassing the current road-going i30’s 138 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque.
Complementing the high-strung 2.0-liter is a variety of weight saving measures, including a stripped-down interior, and extensive use of a new high-performance plastic. Hyundai says it wasn’t satisfied with the current crop of carbon fiber-reinforced polymers out there, so it developed its own material with the chemical company BASF to create something that’s strong, lightweight, and funny enough, environmentally friendly.
Cog swaps are handled by a wet-type dual-clutch transmission, which sends the muscle to the pavement via a high-performance AWD system and electronic limited-slip differential setup. There’s also a “sport mode” and Electronic Variable Exhaust, although I don’t know why you’d need anything other than max attack for a race car.
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Hyundai Showcases Latest i20 WRC at Paris Motor Show
It’s been four years since Hyundai launched the first i20 WRC at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, and the Korean automaker returned to the same event to showcase the fourth iteration of the rally-spec race car. Developed by the company’s Motorsport division located near the Nurburgring track, the new i20 WRC follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, but makes use of revised aerodynamics and the WRC’s updated regulations.
Set to make its debut in the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship, the new i20 WRC is not ready to hit the gravel just yet, but the prototype shown in Paris is almost ready for production and gives a good glimpse at the upcoming race car. Several new features are noticeable at first glance, starting with the redesigned grille, the larger front splitter, the new headlamps with red accents, and the significantly wider front wheel arches. Onto the sides, the massive side skirts form a single piece with the rear wheel arches, while the rear end is highlighted by a large roof wing and a big diffuser under the bumper. The roof scoop, the lightweight wheels, and the aerodynamically enhanced side mirrors round of the exterior.
Needless to say, the 2017 i20 WRC is the most menacing rally car Hyundai has built since its Motorsport program set shop at the Nurburgring.
Under the lightweight shell lurks a revised version of the turbocharged, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine found in the previous model. Thanks to the new regulations, Hyundai was able to increase output from 300 to a whopping 380 horsepower. The race car also generates more downforce and uses an active central differential, which, according to the company, enables the i20 WRC to compete with longer and wider vehicles.
The final version of the 2017 i20 WRC will be unveiled in December, about a month before the new car makes its official debut at the Rallye Monte Carlo on January 20.
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Hyundai Launches Aggressive-Looking, Race-Ready RN30 Concept in Paris
Hyundai took this year’s Paris Motor Show by storm with two exciting production cars, including the redesigned i30, but none are as hot as the RN30 concept. And not because concept cars are usually more futuristic than production models. In this case, the exciting part has to do with the fact that the RN30 previews the company’s upcoming line of performance road cars, the first of which will be the i30 N.
As the name suggests, the show car is based on the new-generation i30. This is also evident in the styling cues, but the concept is obviously an extremely beefed-up version of the standard hatchback. Actually, it looks like a car that’s ready to hit the race track and to some extent it reminds me of the rally-spec i20 WRC.
Much like the race car that brought Hyundai back into rallying, the RN30 concept was developed by the company’s Motorsport division in Germany. Although based on the i30, the two share only a few styling features outside the general shape, the headlamps and the front grille. The hatchback sports a vented hood, beefed-up fenders and side skirts, and a comprehensive aerodynamic kit that includes a revised grille, winglets, a big splitter, and a roof wing that embraces the entire upper section of the tailgate.
Although the headlamps and taillights are also based on the standard model, they’ve been revised throughout, featuring square LED units integrated into blacked-out frames. The rear diffuser is out of this world, being a massive carbon piece with two big exhaust pipes at the center. Visually, the RN30 is one menacing concept. It aggressive design is backed by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine that cranks out an amazing 375 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of torque.
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2016 Hyundai N Concept RN30
In 2013, Hyundai announced plans to launch N Performance, a sub-brand that will develop performance-oriented versions of the company’s existing products and handle its ambitious motorsport programs. The first vehicle wearing the "N" badge arrived as early as 2014, when the South Korean brand unveiled the i20 WRC for the World Rally Championship. A bit later, Hyundai confirmed that its first high-performance, road-going model will be based on the i30 hatchback. Come 2016, and the company has given us a taste of things to come with the N Concept RN30.
Revealed at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the RN30 is an aggressive-looking concept car that marries the design of the brand-new i30 with the body kit of a full-fledged race car. Developed in cooperation with the company’s Motorsport division located near the Nurburging track, the RN30 announces Hyundai’s intention to join the high-performance market and previews the i30 N, the first road-going model to sport the "N" logo.
"RN30 embodies the concept of a strong, high-performance car that brings dynamic, sporty driving. Soon to evolve into our first N model, the RN30 is inspired by our passion to provide a high-performance car that our customers can enjoy effortlessly. We have drawn on our technological expertise – honed through our motorsport successes – to deliver emotional delight through an engaging blend of performance and control, the goal Hyundai’s N strives to achieve in future performance models," said Albert Biermann, head of Vehicle Test & High-Performance Development at Hyundai.
What’s the concept all about and how much of it will we see in the production i30 N? Check out our review for answers to those questions.
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2017 Hyundai i30
Even though it unveiled the facelifted i30 range at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai didn’t waste time and began testing the next-generation model the same year. Come 2016 and the South Korean company has introduced the redesigned, third-generation i30 at the Paris Motor Show. Overhauled from the ground up, the new i30 adopted Hyundai’s new and more angular design language, which we already saw on the smaller i20 and i10. The hatchback is also brand-new on the inside, where it showcases a cleaner and more modern layout, as well as the latest technology Hyundai can offer.
"We have listened closely to customer needs in redefining our offer to create a car for everyone. It’s the new people’s car: accessible, appealing in design and great to drive,” said Jochen Sengpiehl, Vice President Marketing at Hyundai Motor Europe. “With up-to-date infotainment and connectivity features we offer everything today’s digital natives and modern customers expect.” The third-gen i30 went on sale for the 2017 model year and spawned a wagon versions, as well as the company’s first high-performance model wearing the "N" badge. In 2017, Hyundai also launched a sedan-like Fastback variant The third-generation i30 will also cross the pond to the U.S., where it will be sold as the Elantra GT.
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2017 Hyundai i10
The second-generation Hyundai i10 was introduced in 2013, when the company’s smallest vehicle yet received a redesigned body, a more upmarket interior, and updated engines. Designed in Europe for the very first time, the new i10 continued the city car’s success story, with more than 200,000 units sold by July 2016. In 2016, the Korean automaker launched a mid-cycle facelift that brings new styling updates, more equipment, and the brand’s latest technology.
Refined inside and out, the facelifted second-gen i10 is arguably the most advanced city car Hyundai has offered to date. It also marks the debut of a styling element that will soon find its way on the rest of the lineup too, which is rather unusual for a vehicle this small and strengthens the i10’s importance among other Hyundai products.
"New i10 showcases strong build quality and our passion for detail, while also including many features from the segments above,” said Tony Whitehorn, president & CEO of Hyundai Motor U.K. Ltd. "The impressive package has made the i10 one of the best-selling cars in its class and popular with customers across the UK - a success story that the New i10 is set to carry on."
The small hatchback is set to make its global debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in early October.
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The Hyundai i20 was released in 2007 as a replacement for the Hyundai Getz and to fill the gap between the i10 and i30. For 2015, Hyundai ushered in a new generation of the i20, featuring a number of enhancements over the previous model. Highlights include a larger trapezoidal grille that sits higher than before, leaving room for a small lip at the bottom of the fascia and new headlights that are connected via a small air inlet at the end of the hood. The side profile of the i20 carries on relatively unchanged, but the rear end got new taillights that wrap around the rear quarters and extend onto the rear hatch. The rear fascia also got a sportier look to round out the exterior. Overall, the i20 has a wheelbase that is 1.5-inches longer than the outgoing model, which means there is improved legroom in the front and rear. On top of that, the dashboard got a completely new layout. The i20 came available with a number of gasoline and diesel engines that range anywhere between 73 horsepower and 98 horsepower.
Of course, cars in the supermini class don’t get a lot of love here in the U.S. – in fact outside of models like the Smart Fortwo; there is almost no competition here. With that said, it should come as no surprise that the i20 isn’t making it across the drink to the U.S. There is, however, plenty of competition in the European market with models like the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta climbing the ranks as the rest of the world continues to indulge in the subcompact or supermini market. To see how well the new Hyundai i20 competes, check out our full review below.
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If you haven’t been following the world of rally racing for the past decade, you’re probably surprised that there seems to be a disproportionate level of buzz surrounding Hyundai’s return to the World Rally Championship?
Wait, did they ever leave? That’s one of the questions we’ve received from some folks and the answer, of course, is yes. Back in 2003, in fact.
That’s why when Hyundai opens their exhibit at the 2012 Paris Motor Show with the i20 World Rally Championship Rally Car, nobody should be surprised because it’s a really big deal.
As far as details are concerned, the Korean automaker is keeping that close to their chest, particularly because there could be more than just WRC-prepped model in attendance at Paris. What we’ve been informed, though, is that the car is expected to carry a turbocharged engine that hits all the right notes at 200 horsepower.
Keep it close here because Hyundai’s apparent interest in returning to the World Rally Championship could all be confirmed at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. After all, they wouldn’t go through all the trouble of building this rally prototype of the i20 if they weren’t that serious.
At the 2012 Paris Auto Show, Hyundai announced plans to become the first global automaker to begin commercial rollout of zero-emissions vehicles. Deliveries on their new ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicle will begin in December 2012 and by 2015, the company hopes to have built up to 1,000 units.
The ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicle is powered by hydrogen, with a fuel cell stack converting the hydrogen into electricity, which in turn charges the Lithium Polymer battery that powers the vehicle’s electric motor. Other technologies include kinetic energy regeneration system that charges the battery when the driver applies the brakes or drives downhill, plus a start/stop system which helps minimize energy loss in city driving. The only emission generated by the ix35 Fuel Cell is water steam. The ix35 Fuel Cell will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 12.5 seconds, can hit a top speed of 100 mph, and can travel 588km (365miles) without refueling.
"The ix35 Fuel Cell is the pinnacle of Hyundai’s advanced engineering and our most powerful commitment to be the industry leader in eco-friendly mobility," said Vice Chairman Woong Chul Yang, head of Hyundai R&D. "Zero-emissions cars are no longer a dream. Our ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle is here today, and ready for commercial use.
All major car manufacturers have started to develop green technologies and whether we are talking about electric vehicles, hybrids or fuel cell technologies all of them are designed to increase efficiency.
Hyundai takes part to the green movement too, as at the 2012 Paris Auto show has announced its strategy to launch a new zero-emissions vehicle by the end of 2012.
The new model is based on the ix35 SUV and sales will begin in December 2012. The company plans to build the ix35 Fuel Cell in 10.000 units by 2015.
The advantage offered by the Fuel Cell system compared with a standard electric system is the increased autonomy, as the Hyundai Fuel Cell range is rated at 365 miles.
Here comes another Hyundai model that is expressing their new ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language. The Hyundai ix20 will join the Sonata, the Tucson, and the Concept RB in the models that express the flowing lines that will be the new look Hyundai wants to be associated with. Hyundai no longer wants to be seen as the brand with the boxy ‘minivan’ look and they are quickly changing the format to make this transition as fast as possible. The Hyundai ix20, a new B-segment MPV model, was the next target and only the second vehicle in Europe to adopt this design language. The newix20 will go on sale starting this November.
Hyundai says the new ix20 will offer their Five Year Triple Care warranty as well as "class-leading fuel economy and low CO2 emissions", but they fail to mention what those figures are. They do, however, mention figures for the i10 city car which will also be joining the ix20 in their Paris Motor Show appearance. The i10 city car will include a new 1.0-liter engine with CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km. The new version of the i10 will go on sale early in 2011.
More details will be released at a later date, so stay tuned!
Updated 28/20/2010: Hyundai today announced the UK prices for the 2011 ix20 that will be going on sale on November 18 in three trim levels: Classic, Active and Style. The Classic model is priced at at £12,695 for the 1.4-liter petrol, £14,095 for the diesel and £14,095 for the 1.6-liter petrol auto. The Active will cost £1,100 more than the Classic and Style version starts at £13,695 for the 1.4-liter petrol, £15,095 for the diesel and £15,095 for the 1.6-liter petrol auto.
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We knew it wouldn’t be long before Hyundai decided to do some facelifts on a number of models that will incorporate styling elements based on the new Tucson SUV.
Now it looks like the company is doing just that. The Korean-based manufacturer is giving the i10 a facelift with a more aggressive front fascia that takes its cue from the Tucson. Not only that, the three-year old city car will also get new headlights, a new bumper, and the addition of turning signals on its side mirrors.
Apart from the aesthetics, the i10 will also be given a power upgrade in the form of a new 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that churns out 68 horsepower and produces less than 100g/km of CO2 emissions. You won’t mistake this car for a speed demon, but for a fuel-efficient set of wheels that will take you from point A to point B, the revamped i10, which will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show, is the way to go.
Hyundai’s bringing a new vehicle to the Paris Motor Show, and they were nice enough to give us a sneak peek of what this vehicle should look like.
Sure, it’s only a teaser sketch of the ix20, Hyundai’s new mini-MPV, but with nothing else to compare it too, this teaser sketch is about as close as it gets before we see the real thing in Paris at the end of the month.
We also don’t know a whole lot about the car because Hyundai has done a good job keeping the details under wraps, but we do know that the car bears some similarities to the Tucson – or ix35 – in terms of their design language. As for the what’s underneath its hood, it looks like it could have something similar to what the Kia Venga has: 1.4-liter gasoline engine and a 1.6-liter diesel variant that produces between 75 horsepower to 115 horsepower.
All of this, of course, is still speculation. But the good news is, we won’t have to wait long to find out the real deal behind the ix20 because Hyundai is officially pulling off its covers on September 30 at the Paris Motor Show.
Hyundai has finally taken the wraps off of the new Elantra’s interior. We have seen rendering and spy sports, but we haven’t seen an official picture of the vehicle. That is, until now. Hyundai has released one image of the new car’s dashboard.
Known in Korea as the Avante, the new sedan will get the same design language as the Sonata. The car is expected to go on sale in South Korea in the early Fall and we will likely have to wait a few months to get it here.
The Korean version of the car will get a 1.6-liter direct-injected Gamma-series four-cylinder motor with a new six-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai claims that the motor will be able to put out 138 horsepower, while being 10 percent more efficient than rivals, such as the Mazda 3 and Ford Focus. The North American version could get a 200 horsepower turbocharged motor.
Look for the final product to debut in late September at the Paris Motor Show, while the North American version should be here in late 2010 or early 2011. We hope that the styling stays the same because this car looks stunning.
Hyundai will unveil a new generation Coupe in September at the Paris Motor Show. According to the recent spy shots, the new Coupe will be a shorter model, with quite a long and flat-looking rear deck. The exterior design will be inspired by the 2007 Veloster concept.
What will be very interesting about the new Hyundai Coupe is that it will have an asymmetric body. There will be two doors on the left-hand side of the car to make entry to the rear of the cabin easier from the curb. Under the hood there will be the new 1.6-liter, direct-injection ‘Theta’ engine that delivers a total of 140 HP for the entry level model and 200 Hp for a later version.
The new Hyundai Coupe is a direct competitor to models like the Volkswagen Scirocco and will go on sale early next year.
One of the models Hyundai will unveil at the Paris Auto Show will be the Santa Fe blue Hybrid. The company plans to sell its first hybrid-electric vehicle in its home market of Korea by July 2009. The gas-electric hybrid technology featured in the Santa Fe blue Hybrid reduces CO2 emissions to 148 g/km and delivers a fuel economy of about 39 mpg.
One of the ways Hyundai is maximizing fuel economy is by using a "start-stop" system that is also found on other economy-minded vehicles. Engine control software automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a halt, cutting emissions to zero. When pressure is reapplied to the accelerator pedal, the Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) automatically restarts the engine. The Theta’s engine control software governing injection pressure, engine cycle timing and exhaust retreatment rates has been revised to further reduce fuel consumption.
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Hyundai will unveil at the Paris Auto Show the i20 that is set to go on sale at the beginning of 2009. Next to it the company will also display the i20 i-blue concept, the ix55 SUV and a hybrid concept version of the Santa Fe.
Based on the all-new i20, Hyundai’s latest i-blue car concept incorporates a number of modifications to reduce emissions. The i20 i-blue concept is fitted with Hyundai’s all new 1.4 CRDi diesel engine, which produces 90 hp.
Hyudai will present the FD concept at Paris Motor Show at the end of the month. The FD Concept is an almost production car that will come to compete with cars like Volkswagen Golf or Opel Astra.
The FD Concept was developed in conjunction with Hyundai subsidiary Kia. The FD represents the Hyundai’s entry in the C-segment class in Europe and will b launched next year.