Hyundai i30 premium hatchback coming to India?

Hyundai i30 front grille

We reported earlier that Hyundai will launch the new generation i20 hatchback in the Indian car market this year. While we have been waiting for the new i20, Hyundai India is planning to bring its i30 hatchback in the country. According to FE report, the South Korean auto giant will introduce the i30 premium hatch by the October, 2014.

Hyundai i30 rear side

Speaking to FE, Mr. Rakesh Srivastava, senior vice president, marketing and sales, Hyundai Motor India has revealed that the i30 will come by October this year and will be priced under Rs. 10 lakh. First unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the i30 is developed at the company’s technical centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

Hyundai i30

The Hyundai i30 measures 4300mm in length, 1780mm in width and 1470mm in height, and it has a large wheelbase of 2650mm. Internationally, this hatchback is available in three states- three-door hatchback, five-door hatchback and Estate; however, if it comes to India it will only come with the five-door hatchback.

Hyundai i30 interior

Speaking to FE, Mr. Srivastave said, “Hatchbacks remain India’s favourite cars and enjoy a 68% market-share. Yes, the i20 is among the finest hatchbacks in the country, but we also believe that above the i20, there is room for a very premium hatchback. Therefore, we are planning to come up with a new car that will be slotted above the i20. People are going to love it because it will give them easy manoeuvrability in a congested city environment along with the luxury and space associated with a mid-size sedan.”

Hyundai i30 hatchback is available in both petrol and diesel guise. The oil burner is available in three engine configurations- 1.4L producing 90PS, 110PS 1.6-litre and new 1.6-litre that develops 128PS. On the other hand, the petrol version is also available in three engines- 1.4-litre producing 100PS, 1.6L that develops 120PS and a 1.6L that produces 135PS. All the engines are paired to a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission gearbox.

Source: Financial Express

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