Hyundai, the South Korean carmaker, has a handful of new products for the Indian market. And, the new i30 hatchback is surely not a part of the strategy. There are three reasons why the company would not bring in the hatch here – the first one is its high pricing that might discourage a lot of buyers since it would be a hatchback at a price one can buy an SUV (read crossover).
The second crucial factor is its size that measures over four meters and making it liable to higher GST cess. And the last is its requirement of a larger capacity engine that will further increase its production cost. Read – Hyundai 8-Seater SUV Under Development
From the last two months, the Hyundai i30 hatchback has been snapped multiple times during its test rounds on the outskirts of Chennai. While the carmaker has no plan for its Indian launch, reports suggest that it could be there for components’ testing developed for Hyundai’s Elantra platform based future products. Even if India is on the launch radar, the i30 hatchback is likely to cost equal to the Creta SUV in the company’s product lineup.
The Hyundai i30 entered in its new generation last year, and made its world debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Sporting Hyundai’s new Fluidic 2.0 design language, the hatchback shares most of its design and styling bits with the Elantra sedan. Some of its key features include sweptback headlamps with LED DRLs, revised bumpers, horizontal split LED taillamps and a rear spoiler. Check Out – Upcoming Hyundai Cars in India
Being a premium hatch, the i30 comes loaded with a pack of advanced goodies. It gets an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and new BlueLink telematics. The hatchback has traffic sign recognition feature that detects and recognizes road signs and shows them on the TFT instrument display cluster.
Features such as dual position seat memory function, multi-functional steering wheel, automatic climate control, LED door handle approach lighting, radar-guided cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, etc. are also on offer. Read: 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 – Price & Pictures
For the safety purpose, the hatchback gets six airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system) and ISOFIX seat mounts. Hyundai also offers several driver assist features on the i30 including high beam assist technology, driver attention alert, autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist. Globally, the Hyundai i30 comes with a range of petrol and diesel powertrain options.
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