The high-performance 2019 Hyundai i30 N model is set to make its public debut in Australia early next year. The i30 N comes from Hyundai’s young sporty-car department and marks the brand’s foray into the sporty car era. Hyundai has hailed it as a good and affordable car, unlike early imports that highlighted “Say Hi to Hyundai” ads.
Albert Biermann, the German-born executive who heads Hyundai’s sporty car segment, said the i30 N would mark an entirely new era for the company. He added,” we’ve changed a lot of things to convert the i30 into i30 N”. Biermann started his career at BMW as a junior engineer where he worked for over 30 years. He ended up being elected to lead BMW’s M division—the section that built quick and desirable cars like the M3 and M5. He left BMW and joined Hyundai two years ago.
2019 Hyundai i30 N – Exterior/Interior Design and Features
The 2019 Hyundai i30 N highlights a few alterations, such as new bumpers and sills. The interior region houses sports seats with blue stitching. There is a new steering wheel which gets furnished with a pair of buttons used to toggle through various drive modes.
The N steering wheel is far from what we see in the ordinary i30 as it comprises robust, rack-mounted electric assistance. The N also receives a lower ride, electronically controlled shock absorbers and new front suspension strut knobs. Hyundai has reinforced the stiffness of the i30 N and fitted it with upgraded engine mounts.
The 2019 Hyundai i30 N includes the Performance Package which adds 19-inch wheels wrapped in P Zero tires developed by Pirelli. It also comprises bigger Brembo brakes as well as an active differential. We also find a muffler with a valve that opens to discharge some pop and crackle. The standard i30 N gets 18-inch wheels with Michelin rubber tires.
2019 Hyundai i30 N – Turbocharged Engine
The 2019 Hyundai i30 N is likely to use a direct fuel-injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. This specific unit has already been featured in various models from Hyundai and Kia. The i30 N Performance Package delivers a maximum output of 275 HP, while the standard i30 N executes 250 HP.
The two variants are mechanically identical, but their engine control software sets them apart. Earlier reports suggested the likelihood of an exclusive Hyundai-made 6-speed manual transmission.
However, boss Biermann says his team will upgrade the internal parts to realize the creamy feel. He confirmed that N engineers are working on a stronger and more durable clutch. Although a manual-only gearbox would restrict the sales and overall appeal of the 2019 Hyundai i30 N H in Australia, the situation is likely to change in late 2019 when Hyundai unleashes an auto option. Biermann says an automatic 8-speed double-clutch is in works and would make this hot hatch fast and fun to drive.
2019 Hyundai i30 N – Production, Release Date and Cost
Hyundai started the production of the i30 N last month at its manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic. The company reports that the Hyundai i30 N goes on sale in the first quarter of 2018.
The ordinary i30 N costs less than $40,000 while the Performance Package adds $4,000 on top. Hyundai is yet to decide whether to introduce one or both variants to the market. We will update you when the right decision surfaces.