Hyundai won’t mess with a winning formula when the updated i30 N arrives in 2021.

    The facelifted Hyundai i30 N Hatch is due to arrive in March or April next year with three trim levels, more grunt, and finally the option of a dual-clutch auto – according to leaked dealer documents obtained by CarExpert.

    Like the current model, the updated i30 N will be offered in standard guise, then a mid-grade ‘Premium’ guise sans sunroof, and a flagship ‘Premium with Sunroof’. Currently, higher-end models are named ‘Luxury Pack’ and ‘Luxury Pack with Panoramic Sunroof’.

    Update, 15/12/20 7:55pm: The original version of this article listed blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as being exclusive to the DCT variant. This is not the case. Manual versions will get blind-spot and cross-traffic ‘warning’ but DCT models will add ‘avoidance assist’ functions to both – meaning steering correction for the former and AEB for the latter.

    The sunroof can only be had with the eight-speed dual-clutch automatic – at least according to the internal documents – though the entry grade will offer both manual and DCT options.

    Forged 19-inch alloy wheels will be standard on all grades, while the cool N Light bucket seats seen in the European press images will be standard on both i30 N Premium models

    Under the bonnet, there’s a revised 2.0-litre turbo four developing 206kW (+4kW) and 392Nm (+39Nm). Hyundai claims 0-100 is dispatched in just 5.9 seconds, an improvement of 0.2 seconds compared to the outgoing version.

    Here’s a look at what to expect.

    i30 N specification highlights:

    • 6MT or 8DCT
    • 206kW/392Nm 2.0-litre turbo engine
    • Active variable exhaust
    • Electronic Controlled Suspension
    • Electro-mechanical LSD
    • N Drive Mode System
    • N Performance Driving Data System
    • Performance brake package
    • Rear stiffness bar
    • Rev matching function
    • 19-inch forged alloy wheels
    • Pirelli P-Zero HN tyres
    • N body kit
    • Rear spoiler
    • Alloy sports pedals
    • Sports front bucket seats
    • Leather-appointed steering wheel
    • 4.2-inch TFT colour Supervision cluster
    • Blind-Spot Collision Warning
    • Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (DCT only)
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (DCT)
    • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist City/Urban/Pedestrian (camera)
    • Driver Attention Warning
    • Lane Keeping Assist
    • Lane Following Assist
    • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
    • Parking Distance Warning – Rear
    • Rear view camera
    • LED daytime running lights (DRL)
    • LED headlights and front indicators
    • LED side repeaters in mirrors
    • LED tail lights
    • Temporary space saver spare wheel
    • 10.25-inch satellite navigation system
    • DAB+ digital radio
    • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
    • Cruise control
    • Dual zone climate control
    • LED courtesy & puddle lights
    • Power folding exterior mirrors
    • Smart key & push button start
    • Wireless charging pad (Qi)

    i30 N Premium adds:

    • 6MT only
    • Parking Distance Warning – Front
    • Rain sensing wipers
    • Rear privacy glass
    • N Light Seats – fixed headrest bucket seats
    • Electro-chromatic interior mirror
    • Heated front seats/steering wheel
    • Alcantara/leather appointed interior

    i30 N Premium with Sunroof adds:

    • 8DCT only
    • Panoramic glass sunroof

    Available colours will include Polar White, Shadow Grey, Dark Knight, Phantom Black, Performance Blue and Engine Red. Using the current model as a guide, Phantom Black and Dark Knight will command a $495 premium.

    Pricing for the local range is yet to be communicated, and isn’t covered in the dealer bulletin. We believe the upgraded range will carry a premium over the current model, which starts at $41,400 plus on-road costs.

    Stay tuned to CarExpert for a full pricing and specifications rundown in the lead-up to the new i30 N’s launch early next year.

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    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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