If you haven’t heard of the i30, that’s because the model goes by the Elantra GT here in the states. The model officially makes its world debut next month at the Paris Auto Show, as both a sedan and a hatchback. But Hyundai decided to release a sneak peak video and some photos before then.
The teasers are important because they show off Hyundai’s new design direction. We can see a signature hexagonal, or “cascading,” grille framed in chrome. The headlights keep the swept back lines, but are more sleek and refined than the current model. Inside the model gets some nice updates including new two-tone creamy leather seats and brushed aluminum accents.
The model is expected to receive a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 260-horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque. Things will get bumped up a notch when Hyundai introduces an i30 version for its new performance based N sub-brand. Meanwhile, the 2016 VW Golf GTI makes 210-horses with a turbocharged engine under its hood.
While the i30 teaser is a Euro spec model, the Elantra GT is expected to follow suit. The two models have shared a design for quite a while, even if they haven’t shared the same name. It might just get a few tweaks for the American audience. You know. Think bigger cup holders.
We’ll learn more when the new Elantra GT debuts in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.