The facelifted Hyundai i30 will enter production on May 25 at the carmaker’s plant in Nošovice, the Czech Republic.
It will be a pretty big deal for Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC), as the previous-generation i30 was the first vehicle ever built at the Nošovice plant when mass production started in November 2008. The i30 compact hatchback was the first Hyundai car to carry the “i” prefix and proved to be quite successful in Europe, with more than one million units sold on the continent since its launch in 2007.
“The i30 has consistently been one of our most popular cars in Europe. It is truly made for Europe in Europe, starting from the design and development to the final assembly,” said Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. “The latest model adopts a range of enhancements to make it even more attractive to our customers who are looking for a stylish, safe, reliable car in the C-segment,” the executive added.
For the mid-cycle makeover, the Hyundai i30 remains available in three body styles: Hatchback, Fastback and Wagon. All of them now feature an updated design, new technology, and new powertrains – including a new 48-volt mild hybrid option. In addition, the sporty-looking N Line trim will be available for the first time on the new i30 Wagon (it was previously offered on the Hatchback and Fastback only).
While the exterior design changes are subtle, the facelifted Hyundai i30 gains a tech upgrade inside courtesy of a large 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system paired with a 7-inch digital gauge cluster. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility comes standard and wireless phone charging is also present.
The engine lineup has been upgraded as well with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system offered for the entry-level 118 HP (120 PS) 1.0-liter T-GDI turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine as well as the 134 HP (136 PS) 1.6-liter diesel and 157 HP (159 PS) 1.5-liter T-GDI turbo-four petrol. All engines offer the choice of a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch.