Next Generation i30

  • 2017

  • Product
    Automotive and Transport

Designed By:

  • Hyundai Motor Europe Technical and Design Centre

Commissioned By:

Hyundai Motor Company

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While people’s behaviours and interests increasingly change towards technology-driven solutions, individuality and flexibility, Hyundai Motor continues to redefine its offer and takes the next step with its customers. The next generation i30 offers the highest value, an efficient and dynamic powertrain line-up, and state-of-the-art safety and connectivity to meet global customers’ needs.

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  • The long hood design with a sharp front grille angle is the first thing that stands out in side profile. This along with the tapered roof silhouette gives the car a sporty appearance and solid stance on the road. The next generation i30 features a sophisticated sleek character line that flows naturally from the headlamp along the almost horizontal belt line to connect with the LED rear lamps, and further wraps around the rear for a timeliness appearance. The black rear spoiler enhances aerodynamics and makes the new i30 looks even more dynamic and sporty. With a Coefficient of Drag of only 0.30, aerodynamic performance is enhanced through several measures including an Active Air Flap behind the front bumper to enhance airflow and reduce turbulence.

  • The new i30 reveals a further developed front grille, which will become the new family identity for Hyundai models in the future. With chrome-plated dots that enhance the surrounding satin chrome, it's an evolution of the Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille. It is characterized by a downward tapering gesture, inspired by steel mills where you see the liquid iron flowing down like a waterfall. The front grille combined with the headlamps also creates a strong look which completes the European theme. The new cascading front grille is not only sophisticated and distinctive, but improves the i30's aerodynamics and performance.

  • The interior design was inspired by the wing of an aircraft which resulted in a very slim and sleek dashboard. The designers steered away from a big center console that is vertical, to a more horizontal layout which creates a more airy interior. The center console and armrest has been designed to create a sense of luxury for customers, for example, leather has been used on the top and main surfaces of the center console. It also features a modern design with an emphasis on a sense of connectedness and storage spaces, and includes wireless smart phone charging for added convenience. For the first time, Hyundai has developed a free-standing screen - an 8” infotainment system with satellite navigation and Apple CarPlay & Android Auto. The 8” touchscreen on the dashboard integrates all navigation, media and connectivity features, allowing drivers to always stay tuned to the traffic ahead thanks to its ergonomic position and design.

  • The new i30 offers plenty of space for passengers and luggage alike, without compromising its sporty exterior design. The cabin interior has been optimized and improved when compared to the previous model. A key design change is the new i30's lower vehicle height (lowered by 15mm), setting the foundation for a sportier European exterior style, as well as a more refined and stable look and feel while driving. The feeling of space is further enhanced by the optional panoramic glass sunroof. Storage space was also significantly increased; where rear seats can be completely folded down to vastly increase the luggage space. A vertical partition has been added for enhanced convenience. Together, the design changes, and all of these improvement measures, have increased the luggage space of the i30 (seats up) from 378 to 385 litres: among the very best in its class.

    The next generation i30 was specially designed and built to reduce road noise on all surfaces, with the inclusion of more sound deadening and a stronger body. This was partly achieved by reducing the number of components used in the vehicle body structure by 30%.