All-New 2017 Hyundai i30 Breaks Cover, Will Debut at the Paris Motor Show

It’s the most important model for Hyundai in Europe

Say hello to the third-generation Hyundai i30, a core model for the Korean carmaker.

Developed in Europe for local customers, the new i30 looks European. Its styling represents an evolution of Hyundai's design language, featuring the brand's latest "Cascading" grille, precise lines, and a sculpted body for what Hyundai calls "a timeless and confident appearance." However, some could say that it looks like a bigger i20.

The interior features a clean dashboard dominated by a central touchscreen and brings new connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless charging. The car also packs safety features such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Smart Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, Driver Attention Alert and Blind Spot Detection.

The i30's has a rigid and light body made of 53 percent Advanced High Strength Steel that contributes to good ride and handling characteristics, according to Hyundai. Furthermore, the model features a 10 percent more direct steering and a newly developed chassis.

The engine lineup consists of downsized turbocharged engines. The Korean market gets the 1.4 T-GDI, 1.6 T-GDI, and 1.6 U2 e-VGT units while Europe will get three gasoline engines and a 1.6-liter turbodiesel with three outputs. The new Hyundai i30 will also spawn the first high-performance model under Hyundai's N brand.

The automaker will release more information about the i30 at the Paris Motor Show where the new model will have its world debut.