Hyundai has released the first photos of the all-new i30 ahead of the compact hatchback's debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.
While the i30 never really made it big in the Philippines, it enjoys immense popularity elsewhere in the world and the Korean carmaker now calls it its "best-selling C-segment hatchback."
Designed and engineered at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the new-generation i30 represents a further evolution of the Hyundai's "fluidic sculpture" design language.
The front fascia bears the familiar Hyundai face with its signature hexagonal-shaped front grille and the jewel-like design of the headlamps to go with the distinctive daytime running lights. According to Thomas Bürkle, chief designer at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center, the lights' angular shape within a more softly-edged recess adds a strong personality to the vehicle, as well as a sense of refinement and luxury.
Through the profile of the all-new i30, a strong character line runs over the front and rear wheel arches all the way to the tail lamps while a softer, lower character line rises up the car's flank, creating a play of light and shadow, which Bürkle said is a fundamental feature of fluidic sculpture.
"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. In this way, the new-generation i30 will contribute to future sales success, growing brand awareness and improving perceptions of Hyundai among European consumers," said Allan Rushforth, Hyundai Motor Europe's senior vice president and chief operating officer.