Hyundai’s i30 premium hatchback has been spotted on the Indian streets multiple times recently. While most are curious if this car will come to India, let’s put forward a few details about the car first.
The Hyundai i20 sits above the Elite i20 which we already have on sale. Now, we know how much the i20 costs, so the i30, if at all it is launched in India, will ask more than INR 10 lakh on-road easily. It could very well be priced similar to the Hyundai Verna. The i30 in the global markets is launched by Hyundai to rival the likes of Volkswagen Golf. The i30 is actually a hatchback version of the Elantra in a few markets.
Also, this car is longer than 4 metres in length, so it will ask for more taxes, hence a higher price.
Worldwide, the i30 is sold in 5 engine options which are as follows: (all engines come matched to a manual or automatic gearbox option)
- 1.6L Gamma petrol producing 127.5 PS of power
- 1.6L Gamma T-GDI petrol producing 203.6 PS of power
- 2.0L NU GDI petrol producing 164 PS of power
- 1.6L U CRDi diesel motor producing 95 PS of power
- 2.0L N Performance variant producing 250 – 275 HP of power
The Hyundai i30 is loaded with safety features such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Adaptive Smart Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Detection, Hill-start Assist Control, 7-airbags, etc.
Now, with the i20, Hyundai was the first successful car manufacturer to India in the premium hatchback segment. So if anyone can ace this new segment, Hyundai surely has the potential. However, the Indian market might not be as mature to pay over a million rupees for a hatchback. The current trend shows fast acceptance towards SUVs & crossovers more than anything else.
Hyundai could be testing the new i30 on Indian soil because it shares components with the Creta & Elantra. It could be just ensuring a good endurance run for the parts, while Hyundai might also be noting down the market sentiment for the i30 while all this happens.
Would you consider buying an i30?