HYUNDAI Motor Europe has unveiled its first hints about the next generation i30 via some moody images of the small car's front and rear ends.
The car won't be revealed in its entirety until a world premiere on September 7, swiftly followed by an appearance at the Paris Motor Show a few weeks' later.
The current Hyundai i30 has been Australia's best-selling model for 2016 thus far, with latest industry figures showing it has enjoyed over 20% market share in the Small Car class after a total of 25,073 sales up to the end of July. This has placed it ahead of Toyota's Corolla (23,971 sales YTD) and the Mazda3 (21,589) in this competitive segment, in part due to very sharp drive away deals offered by Hyundai.
So what can we learn from the teased images of the new model?
The front end has been tastefully modernised, bringing the i30 into line with other recently revised Hyundai models (Elantra, Tucson, Santa Fe), not least with those stacked daytime running lights. Hyundai says the new i30 features its further developed grille: the Cascading grille. The rear end has shades of Alfa Romeo / Volkswagen Golf to this writer's eyes, adding a distinctly European flavour.
Hyundai is calling the new i30 "A car for everybody" and emphasised how it has been designed, developed and tested in Europe. The Korean brand's profile and reputation has increased so much in recent years - in Australia and globally - that it comes as no surprise it wants to be viewed as up to the perceived high standards of European rivals, and justifiably so.
The company says the new i30 offers "highest value, an efficient and dynamic powertrain line-up, state of the art safety and connectivity to meet European and global customers' needs."
There has been no confirmation of specification, model range or arrival date of the new i30 for Australia, but we should expect to receive Hyundai's revised best-seller in early 2017 with more details revealed closer to that time.
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