Title: Second Facelift of Hyundai i30 N Spotted Testing in South Korea Ahead of 2024 Launch
Hyundai is preparing to introduce the second facelift of its popular hot hatch, the i30 N. The updated model has recently been spotted testing on the roads of South Korea, signaling its planned launch for next year. This facelift aims to bring minor aesthetic changes to extend the life of the current model until the middle of the decade. While an exact release date has not been announced, it is expected that the i30 N will arrive around the same time as the regular i30 hatch, which will undergo a similar facelift and be produced in the Czech Republic instead of South Korea.
Changing Market Dynamics
Hyundai’s decision to introduce a second facelift for the i30 N is a response to changing market dynamics. The company has observed a decline in sales of traditional hatchbacks as consumers increasingly favor SUVs and electric vehicles. This shift in preference has been particularly noticeable in Europe, one of the i30’s main markets. Hyundai has been cautious about committing to another generation of the i30 hatchback due to these changing market trends.
Minor Aesthetic Changes
The “spy” photos taken by photographer @laffey_chino07 and published on Instagram provide a glimpse of the upcoming changes in the i30 N. The exterior revisions appear to be minor, with only a few visible changes. The front air intakes now feature red rectangular inserts, and the side skirts have red highlights, similar to the i30 Sedan N. Despite these updates, the overall shape of the grille, headlights, taillights, rear bumper, and exhaust tips remains the same as the latest model.
It remains unclear if there will be any significant changes to the interior of the i30 N. Given the minor nature of the exterior revisions, it is unlikely that there will be substantial updates to the cabin. One notable difference between the i30 N hatch and other models in Hyundai’s lineup is the absence of a widescreen digital instrument cluster. This feature is available in the i30 Sedan N and i20 N but has yet to be confirmed for the i30 N.
Potential Technological Upgrades
The spy photos also reveal an unusual white finish on Hyundai’s front badge, which differs from the silver finish found on the current model. This change could indicate the addition of adaptive cruise control technology, although Hyundai has not confirmed this yet. Other technological upgrades, such as a widescreen digital instrument cluster, may also be introduced with this minor update.
Engine and Emissions
No changes are expected for the i30 N’s engine in this facelift. The current model received a significant upgrade in 2020, including a power increase from 202 kW/353-378 Nm to 206 kW/392 Nm, and the introduction of an optional eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. However, the 2.0-liter turbo engine in the i30 N is approaching the end of its service life, as it is unlikely to comply with the upcoming Euro 7 emissions regulations. These regulations were initially set to be implemented in 2025 or 2026 but are now expected to be delayed until 2030.
Expected Availability and Production
The 2024 Hyundai i30 N is anticipated to arrive in European dealerships late next year, shortly after the start of production for the updated regular i30 hatch in the middle of next year. As the regular i30 hatch production in South Korea ends seven months before the European production begins, a smoother transition is expected for the i30 N, which has always been manufactured in the Czech Republic.
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The upcoming second facelift of the Hyundai i30 N hot hatch has been spotted testing in South Korea, signaling its planned launch for next year. This refresh aims to introduce minor aesthetic changes to extend the lifespan of the current model until the mid-2020s. Hyundai’s decision to continue updating the i30 N reflects changing market dynamics, with a decline in hatchback sales as consumers increasingly prefer SUVs and electric vehicles. The exact release date for the i30 N has yet to be announced, but it is expected to coincide with a similar facelift for the regular i30 hatch. Overall, these updates showcase Hyundai’s commitment to adapting to evolving consumer preferences and ensuring the continued success of its popular hot hatch.