The high performance variant of the Hyundai i30, i30 N, could only be launched in Australia after the third generation of the hatchback arrives in 2017. According to a report by GoAuto.com.au the European markets would get the sporty i30 N first with official debut happening at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA) in September.
The sporty i30 N hatchback will feature a 2.0-litre four cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and an all wheel drive system. Hyundai aims to gather customer response to the sporty iteration of the hatchback. If the i30 N receives a positive response in Europe the company could think of tooling up factories and committing a larger investment towards making the model available elsewhere in the world.
The report goes on to mention that the current production facility of the company located in the Czech Republic coupled with a harsh exchange rate could make the i30 N an expensive proposition for Australian buyers if the hatchback is exported from this facility.
The current GD-Series i30 in Australia is three years old with the mid cycle refresh expected anytime soon, and it is said that the manufacturer is set to take full advantage of this development to aggressively push the redesigned i30 in the spirited hatchback market.
Speaking to the publication, John Elsworth, Hyundai Motor Company Australia CEO, stated that exchange rates in Europe played a key role in the upcoming i30 N Australian debut. He also went on to add that the company has not finalised any plans yet, reiterating that if the price is not right the company won’t bring the high performance variant to the Australian shores.
It is also said that the all-wheel drive system in the i30 will require significant alterations to the bodystructure. Prototypes of the i30 N that have been spotted testing at the Nurburgring in Germany are said to feature larger wheels along with bigger brake callipers and a lowered ride height.
[Source – GoAuto.com.au]