2020 Hyundai i30 facelift debuts ahead of Geneva

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Hyundai’s popular i30 hatch has received a thorough facelift for 2020, ahead of its public debut at the Geneva motor show next week.

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Some of the biggest changes to the revised hatch, wagon and Fastback are on the outside, where there’s an all-new front fascia, consisting of a wider ‘3D pattern’ front grille, slimmer LED headlights and V-shaped daytime-running lights on both regular and sporty N Line models.

At the rear the V-shaped light signature continues into the tail-lights, which sit above a restyled bumper with new-style N Line exhaust tips. New alloy wheel designs ranging from 16 to 18-inches also feature.

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The technology changes inside are more comprehensive, with the outgoing car’s 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen replaced by a larger 10.25-inch unit from the updated Ioniq. The air vents have been reworked, and there’s a new semi-digital instrument cluster with a 7.0-inch screen in the centre.

New safety technology added to the updated i30 range include lane centering assist, leading vehicle alert (if the car ahead moves forward in traffic and the driver fails to notice), rear autonomous emergency braking and advanced blind-spot monitoring.

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Under the bonnet, 48-volt mild-hybrid systems have been added to both the 100kW 1.6-litre turbo-diesel and 88kW 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engines, the latter now scoring the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox in addition to the existing six-speed manual shifter.

The pre-facelift’s 103kW/242Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine has been ousted, in favour of a new 1.5-litre turbocharged four-pot producing 118kW of power and 253Nm of torque. Exclusive to the sporty N Line – which is now available as a wagon – the new mill is mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT, and gets a 48V mild-hybrid system as standard.

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The 2020 Hyundai i30 will make its public debut next week at the Geneva motor show, ahead of a European launch in the following months. An Australian launch for the hatch is scheduled for the second half of the year, likely with a completely different engine lineup to the European model covered here.

The facelifted variant of the N hot hatch is expected to follow in the coming months.

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