Hyundai Releases First Pictures of Its Next-Gen i30 Ahead of Frankfurt Debut
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South-Korean auto giant Hyundai has released the first official pictures of the next generation i30. The 2012 i30 will make its global debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show next month. This model is being designed by Hyundai’s design and engineering center in Russelsheim, Germany, exclusively for the European market.
The first generation i30 was launched in 2007 and was a tide turner for the automaker. This hatchback has undergone some significant styling modifications for the 2012 model year. The 2012 model is inspired by the i40. The car features a hexagonal shaped front grille and new headlights, which is currently the new face of all Hyundai cars. Thomas Burkle, Hyundai’s chief designer said that the hexagonal appearance unique to Hyundai, jewel-like headlights flanking the front grille provide the car with a strong personality along with a sense of refinement and luxury. The design of this model is described as a ‘fluidic sculpture’ by Burkle.
Official powertrain details are not yet revealed by the automaker, but rumors suggest that the 2012 i30 will be available with the option of both petrol and diesel engines. One of those engines will be a 1.6 liter direct injection engine, developing 140 horsepower.
Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe commented that the automaker is expecting the 2012 i30 to play a significant role in developing its brand image in Europe and also in strengthening the vehicle’s position as a best seller in Europe. This car will be produced in the Hyundai plant in Czech Republic and will be a rival to the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus.