Hyundai Opens New Chapter with Launch of i30 - VIDEO ENHANCED
• A new way of naming cars heralds a new era for Hyundai
• Designed and built for Europe
• Three UK trim levels with new, higher than ever levels of safety and specification
• First in a family of C segment cars from Korea’s leading car maker
• The only C segment car with Hyundai's unlimited mileage five year warranty
• ESP standard on every model
• Packaged to meet the expectations of today’s drivers in the UK
• More than 60 mpg for diesel variants (1.6 litre diesel manual)
• Range-topping 140 PS 2.0 litre diesel Premium model
• On sale in the UK beginning September
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Thanks to exacting engineering standards and superb build quality, matched with a well thought out Euro-specific design and exceptional levels of equipment and finish, i30 is all set to take the fight to the fully established European marques, like Ford’s Focus, Renault’s Mégane, Citroën’s C4, Mazda’s 3 and Peugeot’s 307.
Hyundai’s highly acclaimed and multi-award-winning Santa Fe has already proven Hyundai can build a car capable of beating the best that Europe can offer in the SUV segment.
In a first for Hyundai on its passenger cars, ESP, a safety system which, combined with electronic traction control, balances power and braking to help the driver maintain control over the direction of the vehicle at all times, is fitted as standard to all models in the i30 range.
The system assists the driver in the event that he or she is forced to swerve the vehicle, to avoid a collision for example, or if traction is lost when cornering. ESP helps to keep the vehicle headed in the intended direction where it might otherwise unavoidably slide, or worse, spin out of control, often ending up facing in the opposite direction.
Other key safety features across the range include active front head restraints to reduce the risk of whiplash injury, passenger, driver and full length curtain airbags, passenger airbag deactivation switch, front and rear seatbelt reminder system, seatbelt pretensioners and ISOfix childseat fixing points in the rear.
Added range-wide comfort and equipment features include, front fog lights, remote-locking folding key, glovebox cooling, electrically heated door mirrors and a trip computer.
As a continuing demonstration of its faith in the durability and build quality of its products, the i30, like every new Hyundai sold in the UK, comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty and 10-year anti perforation warranty and, should the worst ever happen, a three-year RAC roadside assistance package, all included as standard.
As well as being the model to introduce a whole new way of naming Hyundai models, i30 introduces a new, cleaner look where badging is concerned. Trim levels, of which there will be three in the UK, will not be depicted anywhere on the car, while diesel models will be identifiable only by a ‘CRDi’ (the name of Hyundai diesel engines) badge on the sides beneath the indicator repeater lights.
According to Tony Whitehorn, Managing Director Hyundai Motor UK Ltd., "The i30 is a car that is set to change the face of Hyundai in Europe. It is not only the most important car Hyundai has ever launched in the UK, it heralds a dramatic shift in image and attitude that will drive change in people’s perception of the whole Hyundai brand. A key contributor to this shift will be the sheer quality and equipment levels of the i30, matched with incredible affordability. Just as importantly, however, it will come from the new, Europe-wide alpha-numeric naming strategy. By moving to an alpha numeric naming system, it will be much easier for customers to understand the breadth and depth of Hyundai’s enviable model range. The names will come into being with each new model launched from i30 forward." Whitehorn added, "Similarly to other alpha-numerically named line-ups, it should become obvious that with a range of cars from i10 to i70 (and more perhaps, in time) – with special suffixes for estates, SUVs and sports coupe models – it will be easy to identify that Hyundai has a progressive range of cars. A range that will see a driver through from tearing up their ‘L’ plates to the day they finally hang up their car keys for good."
The "i" name explained
Hyundai chose an alpha-numerical code that could establish a link between technology and the Hyundai brand’s core values. With the ‘i’, Hyundai chose the letter that could carry both messages. The letter ‘i’ has a long tradition as an icon for technology products. Furthermore, as a frequently used icon, the ‘i’ is already established across Europe.
In addition, the ‘i’ is also part of Hyundai’s brand promise. In the 1990s, Hyundai changed its entire corporate focus, moving away from its original business philosophy of producing ‘good-bargain’ vehicles, to acquire a more sophisticated profile. Hyundai wanted to become more inspiring. Today, the desire to ‘inspire’ forms one of the cornerstones of the Hyundai brand. The letter ‘i’ recognises this fact and brings it direct to consumers.
The i30 is the first Hyundai to carry the ‘i’ in its name. The number 30 is the numerical equivalent of the letter assigned to the i30’s segment, the European C segment.
For future derivatives or special segment models, a suffix will be added. For example, i30 CW for the soon to arrive i30-based C segment cross-wagon / estate.
Starting with i30, the new nomenclature will be applied to future vehicles that are sold in Europe. It will not immediately replace the names of current models.
Prices will start from only £10,995 ($22,170 equivalent) for the highly equipped 1.4 litre petrol Comfort model and rise to £16,595 ($33,461 equivalent) for the 2.0 CRDi Premium 6-speed manual, with groundbreaking specification on every model.
The i30 offers a range of newly developed engines. At the entry-level, a new 109 PS 1.4 litre petrol engine offers a combination of strong fuel economy and spirited performance. A newly developed 1.6 litre petrol engine provides a punchy 122 PS and 154 Nm torque and more than 45 mpg (Combined Cycle).
Diesel is more relevant to the C-segment now than ever before. And the i30 has a choice of two state-of-the-art oil-burning units offering exactly what today’s drivers demand of a diesel car, superb performance matched with excellent economy (more than 60 mpg Combined Cycle economy for the 1.6 litre diesel manual) and low harmful emissions, made even better thanks to the addition of a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF).
A new 1.6 litre diesel engine offers a sporty 115 PS and 255 Nm of torque, while a new 2.0 litre diesel unit combined with a six speed manual transmission offers a dynamic driving experience with 140 PS and a torrent of torque (304 Nm) making possible 0-62 mph in just 10.3 seconds and a top speed of 127.3 mph.
All the diesel units feature Hyundai’s Variable Geometry Turbo-charging (VGT), low friction balance shaft technology and high-pressure common rail diesel injection for minimised engine originated NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).
Five and six-speed manual gearboxes and a four-speed automatic transmission are available, depending on the model. Automatic transmission is offered as an option with the 1.6-litre petrol and diesel variants. The range-topping 2.0-litre diesel has a six-speed manual gearbox to help maximise the engine’s performance potential.
For A Better Drive The i30 boasts fully independent rear suspension, the result of which is truly outstanding ride and handling with excellent levels of refinement. Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels have also been minimised.
The anti-lock braking system features electronic brake force distribution, ensuring the stopping power is always distributed to the wheels with most grip. Combined with ESP across the line-up, i30 offers a new level of driver confidence in the C segment.
Should the worst happen, however, twin front and front-side airbags plus full-length curtain airbags come as standard across the range. There is also a cut-off switch for the front passenger airbag, so that a rear-facing child seat can be used in the front passenger seat.
In the rear of all variants there are two ISOfix child-seat mounting points. Intelligent active headrests, again across the range, meanwhile, help minimise the risk of whiplash injury should the vehicle be unavoidably hit from the rear.
i30 Winning in the Space Race
Thanks to one of the longest wheelbases in its class, a wide track and tall inside roofline, the i30 seats up to five occupants with comfort.
The i30 matches above average occupant space with generous, easy access luggage capacity. A useful and fully useable 821mm length, 1,040 mm width and 558mm height in the luggage area gives an impressive 340 litres load volume with the rear seats upright. With the 60/40 split rear seats folded flat, the load length is increased to 1,141 mm increasing the load volume to 1,250 litres.