Hyundai may have made headlines last week with the 275 PS i30 N hot hatch, but it doesn’t mean the rest of the Korean brand’s C-segment lineup has been ignored. The company has also revealed the Hyundai i30 Fastback, a five-door notchback/sedan offering that will join the hatch and Tourer wagon to complete the range early next year.

Aside from the addition of a stubby rear end, the Fastback also gets a few unique design cues to distance itself from the hatch, including a redesigned front fascia with larger air intakes and a slim inlet under Hyundai’s Cascading Grille. The rear, meanwhile, gets broad two-piece tail lights that are reminiscent of Mercedes-Benz’s newer coupés, as well as a prominent upswept spoiler.

Breaking out the tape measure reveals that the Fastback is 115 mm longer and 30 mm lower than the hatch, measuring 4,455 mm long and 1,425 mm tall – the roofline is actually 25 mm lower to improve aerodynamics and provide a more dynamic look. The rest of the height decrease comes from the suspension, which is also 15% stiffer for better agility.

The interior is identical to other i30 models, with a horizontal dashboard design and a “floating” infotainment system. Speaking of which, buyers can choose between either a standard system with a five-inch monochrome screen and Bluetooth capability, or an upgraded colour capacitive touchscreen unit with a reverse camera.

There’s also an optional navigation system with an eight-inch display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity; a free seven-year subscription to LIVE Services, inclusive of real-time weather, traffic and speed camera information as well as online points of interest search, is also thrown in. There’s also optional Qi wireless smartphone charging.

As with other i30 models, the Fastback features the Hyundai SmartSense suite of driver assists, including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with optional pedestrian detection, Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Blind Spot Detector (BSD), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) and High Beam Assist (HBA).

Power comes from a choice of two T-GDI turbocharged, direct-injected petrol engines – a 120 PS 1.0 litre three-cylinder mill and a 140 PS 1.4 litre four-pot – mated to either a standard-fit six-speed manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in the case of the larger mill.

Further down the line, there will be a new 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel in either 110 PS or 136 PS forms, both of which will be offered with the manual and DCT options.