Hyundai's all-new hot hatch has officially been revealed. After being spied by our insiders in its prototype form several times, the i30 N has shed its camouflage livery and is showing off to the world what it has versus hot hatch stalwarts.
It serves as the first high performance model from the N lineup and comes with an aggressive exterior, driver-focused interior and a turbocharged 2.0-liter T-GDI motor.
“The Hyundai i30 N has been developed for no other purpose than to deliver maximum driving fun to our customers in an accessible high-performance package. With the high-performance N models we will enhance our brand’s appeal with emotional products that cater to the needs of people who love to have a smile on their face when they drive their car on a winding road and listen to the sound of the engine,” said Albert Biermann, executive vice president in performance development and in high performance vehicle division at N.
Based off the all-new 2017 model, the new i30 N carries the same flowing design of the original five-door but comes with several extras. Up front, the hot hatch gets black bezels on its headlights while the Cascading Grill has the prominent 'N' badge. The taillights have been retained from the standard guise though though the tailgate now comes with a large wing painted in black. Also new are the dual exhaust pipes and the red diffuser.
Available wheel choices include 18- and 19-inch alloys that feature the N logo. When fitted with the latter, Hyundai claimed the i30 N sits 4mm lower than standard while the latter sits 8mm lower. In addition, the 18-inch alloys come with Michelin tires while the 19-inch set will be wrapped in Pirelli rubber.
The standard color available for the i30 N is called Performance Blue which reflects the brand's motorsport heritage. Beside that, Hyundai will also be offering five different colors: Clean Slate, Engine Red, Micron Gray, Phantom Black and Polar White.
Inside, the i30 N comes with a unique steering wheel that is only available for the hot hatch. The left portion controls the three driving modes (Normal, Eco, Sport). On the other hand, the right side can activate 'N-mode' and the customized controls for the onboard menu and infotainment. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will come as standard in the i30 N.
The center console can come with either a 5-inch or 8-inch touchscreen display, along with an automatic climate control system. The instrument cluster, on the other hand, comes with a shift indicator and a multi-info display. Also unique to the i30N are the high-performance seats with 'powerful lumbar support' according to Hyundai. The seats can come in either suede-leather or cloth.
Driving the i30 N is a 2.0-liter Theta T-GDI inline-four that is available in two output ratings. In standard trim, the turbo four produces 250 PS while the optional Performance Package pushes it to 275 PS. Torque remains the same in both states of tune at 353 Nm. A six-speed manual gearbox sends power to the front wheels. 0 – 100 km/h comes in at 6.4 seconds in stock form while the Performance Package allows it to sprint faster to 100 km/h in just 6.1 seconds.
In addition, the Performance Package will also enable drivers to customize the setting of the i30 N's engine, suspension, steering and differential. Other features that help the driver make the most out of the hot hatch include: launch control, rev matching, electronic controlled suspension, electronic stability control (which can be switched off), electronic limited slip differential and a variable exhaust valve system (Performance Package only).
Hyundai also gave the i30 N plenty of active safety features to help the driver. Some of the systems that can be included in the i30 N are: Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and High Beam Assist (HBA).
The all-new Hyundai i30 N will hit European roads later this year and is set to take on other C-segment hot hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Renault Megane RS, Ford Focus ST and Mini Clubman JCW as such.