Hyundai is getting ready to make the i30 family more exciting by adding a stylish member.
Rather than doing another three-door coupe to spice up the i30 lineup, Hyundai has decided to make the third-generation of its compact model more appealing by giving it the sleek fastback treatment. Spy images are showing the new body style set to join the hatchback and wagon is still a work in progress, but we know for sure it will be ready to go on sale by early 2018 as per a slideshow published by the company on Twitter a couple of months ago:
There’s not much to say at this point about the car’s design since the prototype was heavily dipped in camouflage, with an extra layer of disguise on some of the body panels to better mask the styling. Since it will be labeled as a fastback, expect the rear end to feature a more raked roofline to lend the car a sexier profile. It’s going to be a five-door model, so accessing the trunk will be done via a practical rear hatch.
The only noticeable difference at the front compared to the regular hatchback and the wagon versions is the position of the LED daytime running lights / turn signals, which are more angled on the fastback version.
Spy shots of the interior cabin are not available in this set, but most likely the i30 Fastback won't stray away too far from the other two body styles pictured below:
We are not expecting any surprises underneath the hood, so the i30 Fastback will likely get the same turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-liter with 120 horsepower (89 kilowatts). Pay more and Hyundai will reward you with a larger four-cylinder 1.4-liter developing 140 hp (138 kW), while on the diesel side there’s going to be a 1.6-liter CRDi with 95, 110, and 136 hp. Depending on engine, a six-speed manual gearbox and a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission will be in charge of sending power to the front axle.
Since the Hyundai i30 Fastback is pinned for an early 2018 launch, we might see it as early as September this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It’s too soon to say whether the model will be launched in United States where it would presumably be called Elantra Fastback.