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Hyundai i30 1.6L diesel spied being tested by ARAI, India launch soon?

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Hyundai has been testing the premium hatchback the Hyundai i30 in India for quite some time and the car has been assumed to have been under test for powertrain performance but new spy shots that have been circulating the internet show that the Hyundai i30 is likely to be tested in India for homologation which leads us to believe that the brand is planning to launch the premium hatchback soon in the country. 

As of now, the brand hs made no announcements if the i30 to be introduced in our country but the brand is planning to launch the much-anticipated new i20 in the Indian market which is likely to happen soon after the lockdown in the country due to the novel CoronaVirus is lifted. 

The spied pictures of the Hyundai i30 shows the car being tested sans camouflage with complete badging which shows the ‘1.6d’ branding on the tailgate which suggests that the spied vehicle is using a diesel powertrain. 

In the International market, the Hyundai i30 in the diesel trim is powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine that comes in two states of tune, one that produces 115 hp of power and another that makes 136 hp of power. The diesel engine comes with two transmission options – a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DCT automatic. The Hyundai i30 also comes powered by a 1.4-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine or a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine. 

As of now, there is no clear timeline when the brand is likely to launch the i30 in India and the brand is currently focussing on the newly launched Creta SUV, Verna sedan and the upcoming i20 before putting the i30 on the books. 

If the brand launches the Hyundai i30 in the Indian market the i30 is expected to be priced around the INR 11 lakh mark and currently does not have a competitor in our market. In the international market, the premium hatchback competes with the likes of the Skoda Scala, the Volkswagen Golf and the Peugeot 308 among others.