Hyundai i30 Fastback unveiled

The performance-focused i30 N marks a new ear for Hyundai, a brand that has been synonymous with value and practical motoring.

The “N” stands for Namyang, Hyundai’s global R&D centre in Korea, where the idea was born, and for the Nurburgring, home to Hyundai’s European test centre, where the N line-up was further developed and tested.

The upcoming Hyundai i30 N is one of the most anticipated cars right now and it is easy to understand why. Compared to the five-door version, the i30 N is 4 mm lower with 18-inch wheels and 8 mm lower with 19-inch wheels.

If you get past your badge snobbery, and you should have by now, the i30 N is stacking up to be serious competition. 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.

A 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol with 118 BHP is the smallest powerplant on offer, while a 1.4-litre turbo petrol with 138 BHP is also available.

Both outputs deliver a maximum torque of 353Nm and allow the vehicle to hit a top speed of 250 kmph. A 6-speed manual transmission is available with the 1.0-litre engine, while a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox is offered with the 1.4 litre unit. The proportions are also easy on the eye and all that is left is for Hyundai to give the auto the best performance around. All engines get an engine start/stop system. A rev matching function is included, as is a launch control system.

Customers can choose from a range of powertrains including 1.4-litre 140hp petrol, 1.0-litre 120hp petrol, 1.6-litre 110hp diesel and 1.6-litre 136hp engines.

Hyundai has announced the latest addition to its i30 line up. Thankfully though, Schmid also believes his company may have the antidote to this current and ongoing phenomenon in the shape of a third body style being added to the i30 range: a fastback coupe. It has an annual production capacity of 350,000 cars.