Fastback joins Hyundai i30 line up

Cesar Mills
July 18, 2017

The speculated price range of the Hyundai i30 N model is from Rs. 7-9 lakh. As how you can see in the picture above, the Fastback variant will have a sedan body style. The facility opened in 2008 and started production of the first generation i30 the same year. There's also optional Qi wireless smartphone charging.

There are five drive modes, including Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom settings, which can be selected by using two dedicated buttons on the steering wheel. The Fastback is fronted by a lower version of Hyundai's Cascading Grille corporate face, with a unique lower bumper treatment created to emphasis width.

Raf van Nuffel, Hyundai's Head of Product Management, spends a while walking us around the i30 N in this video, and commenting on what Hyundai wanted to achieve with their first N Performance vehicle.

Breaking out the tape measure reveals that the Fastback is 115 mm longer and 30 mm lower than the hatch, measuring 4,455 mm long and 1,425 mm tall - the roofline is actually 25 mm lower to improve aerodynamics and provide a more dynamic look. The rear, meanwhile, gets broad two-piece tail lights that are reminiscent of Mercedes-Benz's newer coupés, as well as a prominent upswept spoiler.

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The Hyundai i30 Fastback will go on sale internationally next year, alongside the hatchback and the Hyundai i30 estate/ wagon.

"We are the first volume brand to enter the compact segment with a stylish and sophisticated five-door coupe. The elegant silhouette is further emphasised by the generously arched rear spoiler shape". It should also be able to corner as quickly as possible, be a sports vehicle for everyday use, and be track capable.

Powering the Hyundai i30 Fastback will be a choice of either a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine making 118bhp or a 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine producing 138bhp.

Australian buyers need not concern themselves too much though, with regular i30 Fastback models unlikely to make the trip Down Under, instead a flagship i30 N Fastback, powered by the just-unveiled 184kW and 202kW 2.0-litre engines from the i30 N hatch is tipped to join the range - and it's this model that is most likely to appear in Hyundai showrooms in Australia.

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