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UPDATE: The i30 1.6 and 2.0 have been launched in Malaysia!

This is Hyundai’s new generation European car, the Hyundai i30. It is also the first in a new model naming scheme which will name models using a numeric series, with the i30 being the C-segment model. It was styled in the Hyundai’s Russelsheim Design and Technical Center in Europe.

Although it looks like it was inspired by a few other designs, like a Honda grille, a Mazda 3 side profile, 1-series rear, and etc the overall combination seems to look pleasing to the eye. On the interior, there is generous use of blue and white as these colours are easy on the eyes. Hyundai has also taken great care to ensure the ergonomics are good, with everything like gear shifters and steering column stalks within natural reach.

Engine options include a 1.4 litre DOHC CVVT engine making 108PS, a very commendable figure for a 1.4 litre engine indeed. The 1.6 litre engine makes 121PS, while the largest petrol engine is a 2.0 litre making 140PS. Turbodiesel options include a 1.6 CRDi with two outputs – a 90PS version and a 115PS version, and the top of the line oil burner is a 2.0 CRDi with a Variable Geometry Turbocharger, putting out 140PS, equal to the petrol version of similiar displacement.

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