Hyundai has released more information on the mid-life update of the i30 Sedan N ahead of its Australian launch in the fourth quarter of 2023.

The updated sports sedan will be launched alongside the facelifted core range, which is set to gain a hybrid option for the first time in Australia.

Hyundai Australia has yet to release local pricing and specifications, but head office in Korea has published details on the updated model.

The i30 Sedan N, known as the Elantra N and Avante N in other markets, is still powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 206kW of power and 393Nm of torque – with an overboost function on the automatic called ‘N Grin Shift’ upping power to 213kW for 20 seconds.

Drive is sent exclusively to the front axle via a six-speed manual or eight-speed wet-type dual-clutch automatic transmission, with an adaptive electromechanical front differential helping channel torque to tarmac.

Other performance-oriented features include a rev-matching function, launch control, N Power Shift (NPS), and N Track Sense Shift (NTS). Availability of these features depends on which transmission you opt for.

There’s also a rear stiffness bar and a four-point strut ring for the front suspension.

Exterior changes on the updated i30 Sedan N include refreshed front and rear bumpers, available 19-inch forged alloy wheels, and black badging.

Inside it now receives an electric park brake, Digital Key 2 Touch which allows you to unlock the car with your iPhone or Apple Watch, as well as heated first- and second-row seats.

There are a range of N-specific infotainment features including N Track Map, as well as N Sound Equalizer (NSE). The latter allows the driver to amplify the exhaust sound through an internal speaker, with ‘Sporty’, ‘High Performance’, ‘TCR’ and ‘Rally’ modes available.

There’s also a Hyundai N app that provides owners to view a lap timer, driving record sharing and circuit information.

On the safety front the updated i30 Sedan N picks up additional airbags, bringing the total to eight, while also gaining adaptive cruise control, a Blind-Spot View Monitor, a surround-view camera, and a built-in dash-cam.

Other safety features the i30 Sedan N retains include autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, safe exit warning, and Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, as well as front and rear parking sensors.

The i30 Sedan N will top the facelifted range when it arrives before the end of 2023.

As for pricing, expect a nominal increase to the current model’s $50,200 before on-roads sticker. Australian buyers are currently able to choose between the six-speed manual and eight-speed dual-clutch automatic for no cost.

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Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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