South Korean automaker Hyundai is preparing to launch the next-gen Hyundai i30 in the country. The hatchback has been spotted testing recently on the outskirts of Chennai in a completely undisguised form. Also, the spotted test mule had a temporary registration plate as well. The third generation Hyundai i30 hatchback made its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
The upcoming Hyundai i30 shares its platform with the Elantra and it measures 4,340 mm in overall length, 2,039 mm in width and 1,465 mm in height, while its wheelbase is 2,650 mm. According to the spied images, the next-gen i30 will feature Hyundai's "cascading grille" flanked by wraparound projector headlamps, bumper with vents on either side with vertical LED DRL strips at the front, while at the rear it will offer wraparound tail lights, a roof spoiler and a dual-tone bumper.
Though the interiors are not revealed in the images, but the reports suggest that the hatch will offer an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and new BlueLink telematics along with features such as dual position seat memory function, multi-functional steering wheel, automatic climate control, LED door handle approach lighting, radar-guided cruise control and autonomous emergency braking among others.
Internationally, the hatchback has been positioned as a premium hatchback and features a 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder petrol producing 125.7 BHP of maximum power and 155 Nm of torque, a 1.6-litre, turbocharged petrol engine which churning out 201 BHP of power and 265 Nm of peak torque, a 2.0-litre petrol generating 163 BHP and a 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder diesel motor which makes 95 BHP and 265 Nm of peak torque. The transmission duties in the car will be carried out by a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic and a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox option.
Internationally, Hyundai i30 competes with the likes of Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. When launched in India, the new i30 will start a new segment of large hatchbacks. Also, Hyundai has been testing the new generation Santro hatchback in India for quite some time now. The upcoming Hyundai Santro was expected to break cover at Auto Expo 2018 but that did not happen and according to the reports, the hatch is expected to be launched in India only after mid-2018. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the Hyundai i30 and next-gen Santro in the country.