New i30 features a more aggressive design meant to appeal to younger buyers.
Hyundai has revealed the next-generation i30 model ahead of its debut at the IAA Frankfurt auto show next week.
The new i30 features Hyundai's signature hexagonal-shaped grille and a "jewel-like" headlight design. Its muscular shoulder-line is also in keeping with a general trend in the segment of styling broad-shouldered hatches (like the VW Golf).
The i30 is Hyundai's offering in the largest segment by volume sales in Europe - a C-segment hatchback that goes up against the likes of the VW Golf, Opel Astra and the Ford Focus. Sales in 2010 for the i30 were 115,000 units in Europe. VW sells around 500,000 units of the Golf in Europe each year.
Hyundai is hoping to make further gains in the segment with the new i30.
Allan Rushforth, Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Europe, says in the press release, "We expect the new-generation i30 to appeal to young, progressive buyers who want a car that not only performs well but looks great too."
Hyundai did not release any details on engines or trims for the new i30 but did say they will stay with the Five Year Triple Care package which provides five years of unlimited-mileage warranty, roadside assistance, and regular service checks.