Hyundai has released some teaser images of the all-new i30 before it makes its debut at the Paris motor show next. And bizarrely, it is going to be a ‘car for everybody’ according to the carmaker. Hmm, does that mean it’ll be a rip-roaring muscle car for those who want power, a suave supercar for those who want speed, an MPV for those who room, and so on and so forth all rolled into one? Of course not.
Peter Schreyer, president and chief design officer of Hyundai Motor Group, said: “It’s a car for everybody - for the design of the Next Generation Hyundai i30, we didn’t just look at one customer, we focused on a wide range of different people. The design is an evolution of Hyundai Motor’s design language with natural flowing lines, refined surfaces and a sculpted body to create a timeless appearance. With the Next Generation i30, we are introducing our further developed grille: the Cascading grille.”
Hmm, that clears that up then… Anyway, from the images it appears the newbie – which is designed, developed, and tested in Europe (that’s all we know about it for now as Hyundai hasn’t released any other details about it) - will be a tad more refined and the grille that Peter refers to does look good. The new model seems to ditch the bulky styling of the predecessor, which was launched just four years ago, for a cleaner, lighter look. From the pics, it seems that the new generation i30 has smaller headlights and taillights. It looks like it will pack vertical daytime running lights on the bumper, and it seems to have a more contoured bonnet. We expect it to look far more premium in terms of styling, a roomier and well-appointed cabin and a range of peppy (hopefully) engines.