2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback unveiled

A five-door coupé might be an unexpected addition to Hyundai's i30 range, but that's exactly what the new Fastback is.

As well as a sleeker profile, distinguishing styling elements include LED headlights, a shallower grille, widened wheel arches and a prominent rear spoiler. Compared to the recently-launched i30 hatchback, the Fastback version is 30 mm (1.2”) lower and 115 mm (4.5”) longer.

Hyundai i30 Fastback (2018) Rear Side

To complement the sportier looks, the suspension is 15% stiffer (although Hyundai says that ride quality hasn't suffered too much).

The initial engine line-up comprises 118 bhp (88 kW / 120 PS) 1.0 litre, three-cylinder and 138 bhp (103 kW / 140 PS) 1.4 litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol units. Both come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission can be specified instead for the larger displacement motor.

Alternatively, a turbocharged 1.6 litre four-cylinder diesel-burner is due to arrive at a later date. Customers will have a choice of either 108 bhp (80 kW / 110 PS) or 134 bhp (100 kW / 136 PS) outputs, which can be combined with the aforementioned manual or dual-clutch transmissions.

There are plenty of driver aids on the available equipment list. Among them are Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist System, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert and Driver Attention Alert.

Hyundai is planning to begin i30 Fastback sales across Europe at the start of 2018. Prices have yet to be confirmed.

Hyundai i30 Fastback (2018) DashboardHyundai i30 Fastback (2018) Front Side

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