Next-generation i30 is slated for a debut at the Frankfurt motor show next month.

Hyundai has unveiled this first official rendering of the upcoming 2012 i30 ahead of the model's debut next month at the Frankfurt show.

The 2012 i30 image here shows the current Hyundai design language making it to the updated i30, in particular that hexagonal-shaped front grille. Hyundai calls the design paradigm "fluidic sculpture'.

The next-generation i30 was designed and developed at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and Hyundai always goes to great lengths to emphasize the German/European DNA of its models. The model will compete in the largest segment in Europe - the C-segment dominated by the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, Opel Astra and Ford Focus for generations.

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