Hyundai has tasted success with their 'i' range of cars in India, namely the i10 and the i20. Infact, with the i20, they have shown that Indians are now indeed ready to shell out extra money over other rivals for a premium package. The i30 could be the next one from Hyundai for the Indian market. We believe that the company might launch the i30 in India early next year (2013) at around a lakh more than the i20's sticker price. This means that the base version of the i30 should start around the Rs 6 lakh mark, going all the way to around Rs 9.5 for the top end diesel model with all the bells and whistles.
If launched in India, it will be the latest i30 version that has been showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The newer version, as seen here, looks sleeker and modern as compared to the one on sale in international markets. It makes use of Hyundai's fluidic design philosophy that is now visible on products like the new Verna. The i30 is a huge product and will be longer and wider than the i20. That means that the i30 will have cabin space more than some of the sedans in the under Rs 10 lakh bracket in the Indian market.The cabin of the new i30, as seen here, is very modern and futuristic in design. Use of aluminum has been done at various places and like other Hyundai models, the i30 too will get blue backlightning for the dials and buttons at night. There will be more space in the i30 than either the i20 or Verna and expect a spacious boot as well.
Knowing what Hyundai has done with the i20 in India, we expect the i30 to have both petrol and diesel engine options with both manual and automatic transmission on sale as well. The petrol range will include the 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre engines that are also seen on the new Verna. Likewise, the diesel options will also include the 1.4 and 1.6 engines seen on the new Verna Diesel. The top end i30 will come with multiple air-bags, ABS, alloy wheels, steering controls, electrically adjustable driver's seat etc. Pricing for the new Hyundai i30 in India, when launched, will be between Rs 6.5 to Rs 8 lakh, ex-showroom. The new i30 could signal the oncoming of the premium hatchbacks in India and only Hyundai can pull off something like this especially with the brand loyalty and the huge dealership range that it has in India. Remember, the top end Asta i20 does sell in good numbers and is priced over 7 lac for petrol and 8 lac for diesel - this is a strong hint that the i30 might just work in India! We are waiting with our fingers crossed for this one!
Here is a quick video of this stunning hatchback, shot in Australia by Tonic Films
The cabin of the new i30, as seen here, is very modern and futuristic in design. Use of aluminum has been done at various places and like other Hyundai models, the i30 too will get blue backlightning for the dials and buttons at night. There is a large TFT Supervision cluster providing a wide range of essential information to the driver. Other goodies include a Dual-zone climate control and the addition of a panoramic sunroof which provides increased natural light within the cabin. The panoramic sunroof has been designed to open fully or tilt open, offering passengers flexibility and functionality.
Interior is typical Hyundai and is feature packed
Looks similar to the other Hyundai cars
The boot space of the Hyundai i30 stands at a massive 378 litres which is even more than some of the similar priced sedans in India.
The speedometer console of the Hyundai i30 is very stylish and gets a blue back-lightning which makes it even more beautiful at night. The console also houses a driver info display.
The gear lever of the i30 gets leather treatment in the top end version with chrome inserts. It feels nice to hold and offers positive gear shifts
There are umpteen cup holders in the i30 which adds to the practicality touch. The higher versions also get a front arm rest.
The glovebox capacity of the Hyundai i30 stands at a very good 8.5 litres and the higher versions get air-cooled glovebox to keep snacks cold on the move.
All the versions of the Hyundai i30 come with an integrated audio system with controls also available on the steering wheel in the higher variants. This audio system supports Bluetooth and USB.
All the versions of the i30 come standard with an audio system. This is a fully automatic climate control system.
The Hyundai i30 comes with a front arm rest as standard.
The i30 gets generous air vents for the front passengers. The high end version of the i30 also gets rear air vents positioned behind the front arm-rest
Seats of the Hyundai i30 offer very good comfort. Being a wide car, the seats are big and hence offer good space for well built adults too.
There is ample leg room in the i30 for both front and rear passengers. Being a rather long car with a long wheelbase, leg room is very impressive.
The knee room on offer in the Hyundai i30 is class leading, thanks to the long wheelbase. It offers enough room for tall adults both at the front and the rear.
Being a very wide hatchback, the i30 offers impressive shoulder space, even more than most of the sedans at this price point. The rear seat is wide enough to seat 3 well built adults with ease.
The Hyundai i30 isnt a tall hatchback car and hence the overall headroom is just above average.
The steering wheel of the i30 is very impressive. The higher variants also come with steering wheel mounted control for various functions including audio, Bluetooth connectivity and toggling between various driver information displays.
All the versions of the Hyundai i30 come with all four power windows with the front being of the anti-pinch variety.
All the versions of the Hyundai i30 come with keyless entry function.
All the versions of the Hyundai i30 come with driver information display for various functions.
Hyundai is making one of the best looking cars in its class and if there is any evidence for that, just look at the i30. The newer version, as seen here, looks sleeker and modern and just like the smaller i20 is full of curves and slashes. It makes use of Hyundai's fluidic design philosophy that is now visible on products like the new Verna. The i30 is a huge product and will be longer and wider than the i20. The i30 has an overall length of 4300 mm, width of 1780mm and height of 1470mm. Thus as said earlier the i30 is a big car and carries presence in spades. That means that the i30 will have cabin space more than some of the sedans in the under Rs 10 lakh bracket in the Indian market.
Looks stunning and has presence
Similar to the i20
Knowing what Hyundai has done with the i20 in India, we expect the i30 to have both petrol and diesel engine options with both manual and automatic transmission on sale as well. The petrol range will include the 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre engines that are also seen on the new Verna. Likewise, the diesel options will also include the 1.4 and 1.6 engines seen on the new Verna Diesel. We expect the diesel 1.4 at 90PS to be the best seller though at the top end the 1.6 will have 128 PS and will be a hot hatch!
1.6 engines are refined and offer good performance
1.4 petrol lacks punch
The i30 will have both 1.4 and 1.6 petrol and diesel engines just like the Verna and expect good efficiency figures as well with around 17 kmpl for the petrol and 20-22 kmpl for the diesel versions.
All engine are excellent
Automatic saps efficiency
The i30 is a big hatch and drives like one as well so expect proper handling and a more sportier set-up than the i20. Active safety features include ESP (Electronic Stability Program), ABS (anti-lock braking system), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) and Emergency Stop Signal. In terms of passive safety, the new-generation i30 will be fitted with six airbags as standard? front, side and curtain - while a driver's knee airbag is optional.
Sportier than the i20
Steering is light
Hyundai cars offer a nice soft ride and the i30 will be no different. The i30 front suspension includes Fully independent subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar while the rear suspension is Fully independent subframe-mounted multi-links, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers.
Has a soft ride
Low speed ride could be better
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