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2021 Hyundai i30 hatch, sedan specs detailed: Toyota Corolla, Kia Cerato and Mazda 3 rival steps up with smaller range

Australia’s version of the i30 hatch will look different to that of Europe.

Hyundai Australia has confirmed specification for its refreshed i30 range, including full details for the facelifted hatchback and some for the new-generation sedan, which are due in showrooms in the coming weeks.

While pricing is expected to be released very soon (UPDATE: See new story link directly below), we do now know the regular hatch will be available in five grades: i30, i30 Active, i30 Elite, i30 N Line and i30 N Line Premium. As such, the i30 Go has been succeeded by the i30, while the i30 Premium has been deleted.

The hatch isn’t available with the preceding 100kW/300Nm 1.6-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, with it now only offered with carryover 120kW/203Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol (i30, i30 Active and i30 Elite) and 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo-petrol (i30 N Line and i30 N Line Premium) units.

The former is mated to a six-speed manual (i30 only) or a six-speed torque-converter automatic, while the latter is matched to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-dry-clutch automatic.

With the exception of the i30, the sedan (previously known as Elantra) has the same line-up, although a six-speed manual is expected to be an option for its i30 Active, which is likely to be motivated by a new Smartstream 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol alongside the i30 Elite.

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Interestingly, Australia’s Korean-sourced version of the hatch looks different to that of Europe’s Czech-sourced model, with the i30, i30 Active and i30 Elite getting bespoke inserts for the halogen headlights as well as new-generation Tucson-style LED daytime running lights in the front bumper.

Even more curious is the i30 N Line and i30 N Line Premium’s new front fascia, which is actually their old one… Yep, Australia doesn’t get the sharp redesign from Europe.

Standard equipment in the i30 hatch includes dusk-sensing lights, new 16-inch alloy wheels with a full-size spare, auto-folding side mirrors with heating, an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker sound system and a new 7.0-inch multifunction display.

Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, new lane-keep and steering assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality (automatic only), high-beam assist, driver attention warning, hill-start assist, tyre pressure monitoring, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors.

The i30 Active hatch adds 17-inch alloy wheels, Satin Chrome exterior trim and leather-appointed upholstery.

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Meanwhile, the i30 Elite hatch also picks up rain-sensing wipers, LED puddle lights, keyless entry and start, a new 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia system, satellite navigation with live traffic, digital radio, a seven-speaker Infinity sound system, a wireless smartphone charger, dual-zone climate control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and new safe exit warning.

The i30 N Line hatch’s unique kit isn’t official yet, but we do know the i30 N Line Premium hatch features with a sports body kit, LED headlights and tail-lights, 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres and a space-saver spare, a panoramic sunroof, a sports steering wheel with paddle-shifters (automatic only), front sports seats with heating and cooling, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, sports pedals, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a black headliner and front parking sensors.

It’s worth noting standard equipment in the sedan is expected to be similar, although its i30 Elite and i30 N Line Premium upgrade to a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster.

Given the regular Toyota Corolla, Kia Cerato and Mazda3 rival’s marked increase in specification, expect their pricing to also climb (UPDATE: See new story link at the top). For reference, it currently stretches from $20,440 to $35,590 plus on-road costs.

As reported, the facelifted i30 N will launch locally in the first half of next year, with hatch and Fastback sedan versions to be available once again.