A certain Hyundai i30 has been spotted testing in India. Hyundai regularly does component testing of various vehicles here in India and it seems to be one of them. Or is it?
An uncamouflaged Hyundai i30 has been spotted testing in Chennai in India. This is not the first time that the Hyundai i30 has been spotted in India. Infact, the Hyundai i30 has been spotted testing in India several times in 2018 and Hyundai often tests vehicles offered in the international market here in India. But its a new variant that has been spotted testing this time around. Let’s look at it in a bit more detail.
The Hyundai i30 is over 4 meters long, longer than the Elite i20 and borrows its design cues from the rest of the family. The i30 gets a single-piece honeycomb mesh grille, sleek LED headlamps, large airdams that house the LED DRLs and a sharp character line along the sides joining the headlamps with the tail lamp. The 10-spoke alloy wheels and split tail lamps at the rear also look particularly attractive.
We do not have any interior spy shots of the Hyundai i30 but from what we have seen in the international spec model, it follow’s the brand’s simple yet tasteful interior design language. The floating infotainment screen and the steering wheel seem much Kona-like but it does not get the digital driver’s display as in the Kona.
The Hyundai i30 comes with a wide range of engine options internationally. The one that was spotted was seen wearing 1.6D badge which means it was the 1.6-litre CRDI diesel. Apart from that, the i30 also gets a 1.0-litre turbo petrol, 1.4-litre turbo petrol and a 1.4-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. All these engines are available in different states of tune with power figures ranging between 100-150bhp. There’s even a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine available in some markets with 165bhp.
But the big question is if the i30 is coming to India or not? Well, you see Hyundai has been regularly testing components of various vehicles in India which is why such international models are spotted sometimes. As said earlier, the i30 is over 4 meters long and being quite premium, it would easily cost above 10 lakhs in India. Hyundai already has the Elite i20 and as such would not be able to find many customers who would be willing to pay over 10 lakhs for a hatchback.
Having said that, there were talks of Hyundai possibly bringing their N performance division here in India and with that, the Hyundai i30N. The i30N is basically a souped up version of the i30 and it is likely that it could be brought to India in a niche segment where it competes with the likes of the Skoda Octavia VRS and Volkswagen Polo GTi as a budget performance car.