Hyundai has teased a series of dimply lit images showing off the updated 2021 i30 N which is set to receive its full reveal in the next few weeks. With the Korean brand locking in the Megane RS rival for an Australian launch in the first half of 2021, local buyers can look forward to the introduction of an all-new 8 speed dual-clutch automatic for the first time, something lacking in the current i30 N.
Externally, the new i30 N features revised front and rear bumpers which Hyundai says have been designed to make the car appear more aggressive especially with the wide centre grille with the N signature differentiating this hot i30 from its more economy focussed siblings. New rear lamps feature at the rear and new LED headlamps with V-shaped DRLs make their debut at the front. We think it very successfully straddles a very fine line between looking sporty and classy, without appearing boring.
The teased images show newly-developed 19-inch forged alloy wheels, which are lighter than those of the previous i30 N, saving more than 14kg of unsprung mass in total. The lighter wheels should not only aid with better cornering but also improve the car’s acceleration due to their lower mass.
Hyundai Australia is keen to highlight that the new model will be available with the company’s eight-speed dual clutch automatic transmission (N DCT), including dedicated N performance shifting functions. This should make the new i30 N a genuine Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST rival, greatly increasing the i30 N’s appeal to those after an automatic hot hatch.
Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto over the coming weeks as we find out the new i30N’s pricing and further details.