Hyundai has released the first rendering of the next-generation i30, the C-segment hatchback that will make its official debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) in September.
The new i30 was designed and engineered at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and represents the next evolution of the company’s form language, called ‘fluidic sculpture’.
This design philosophy uses flowing lines inspired by nature and modern architecture to give a constant three-dimensional presence to the vehicles, and was first introduced with the Hyundai ix-onic concept at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.
Since then, ‘fluidic sculpture’ has become the design language behind all new Hyundai models launched in Europe.
Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer, Hyundai Motor Europe commented: “When designing the new i30, we used strong, fluid lines to sculpt a car which looks athletic while exuding a sense of constant motion, even when stationary.
“From the rendering, you can see how we managed to give the car a bold stance, transmitting a confident attitude through sporty characteristics and dynamic proportions. In this way, the car is very close to the recently unveiled i40, and we want people to recognize the Hyundai design DNA on those two models.”
The next-generation i30 is also recognisable thanks to Hyundai’s signature front face – the hexagonal shaped front grille.
“The hexagonal appearance is unique to Hyundai, with the jewel-like front headlamps which flank the grille adding a strong personality to the vehicle, as well as a sense of refinement and luxury,” Thomas Bürkle added.