Hyundai has confirmed that there's going to be a second-generation of its Golf GTI-rivalling hot hatch, the i30 N, based on the updated and restyled i30 hatchback.
New front-end styling
Not surprisingly, the new i30 N gets the same front-end styling treatment as the rest of the updated Hyundai i30 range, with the new, wider grille (which also incorporates the distinctive N-badge) and sharper-looking LED headlights. Those front lights get distinctive V-shaped daytime running lights, too. Around the back, there are new brake lights (LEDs again) and a more aggressive-looking diffuser panel, with twin exhaust pipes and red pinstriping.
Lighter, optional eight-speed gearbox
Down the sides, we can see new forged 19-inch alloy wheels. Hyundai says that these are lighter than the current wheels, and contribute to an overall weight reduction compared to the outgoing i30 N.
The new i30 N will also be the debut vehicle in Europe for Hyundai's latest eight-speed dual-clutch DCT automatic gearbox, and the company says that it will have 'dedicated N performance shifting functions,' which we sincerely hope means a rally-car style whammy-bar gearshift (but sadly probably doesn't).
The brake discs are also bigger, and Hyundai has found an extra 5hp from somewhere, bringing the car's total power (in its highest specification) to 280hp. There are also retuned dampers, more options for you to tailor the car's driving modes and lightly tweaked suspension front and rear.
The cabin will get a new 10.25-inch touchscreen, and in Europe the N will be available both in the regular i30 five-door hatch format, and the more rakish Fastback body style. Last time out, Ireland didn't get the Fastback version, but it's possible we will this time around. Irish pricing for the updated model has yet to be confirmed.