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Hyundai i30 N Line 2019 confirmed for Australia

The i30 N Line could easily be confused for the more potent i30 N hot hatch at a glance, and you could soon see plenty of them.

Hyundai Australia is set to replace the popular i30 SR model with a new i30 N Line model.

The i30 N Line model sports a different exterior design to the rest of the i30 range, standing out with redesigned front and rear bumpers and model-specific 18-inch alloy wheels shod with PS4 Michelin Performance tyres, along with twin exhaust tips. Inside it has a revised interior with sports seats and perforated leather steering wheel and shifter.

CarsGuide can reveal the new i30 N Line model could be destined to take the spot of the existing i30 SR warm hatch.

On the outside, the warmed-over hatchback features newly-designed 18-inch alloys and twin exhaust tailpipes. On the outside, the warmed-over hatchback features newly-designed 18-inch alloys and twin exhaust tailpipes.

The i30 SR currently on sale runs a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 150kW/265Nm, and it has come to our attention that the i30 N Line model to be sold in Australia will also have that drivetrain.

But far from raining on the parade of the SR, that badge may remain - we don't know what the strategy will be for Hyundai Australia, but the current i30 SR can be had with the choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and it is available across two grades - the regular SR (from $25,990) or the SR Premium (auto only, $34,490). 

So, there could be room for an entry-level SR, while the SR Premium could become the N Line version. We’ll just have to wait and see, and we’d expect the N Line model will be added to Hyundai’s range later in 2018 or early in 2019.

The full-fat hot hatch that sits above the prospective Hyundai i30 N Line 2019 model is the Hyundai i30 N, which uses a 2.0-litre turbo engine to produce 202kW/353Nm. Unlike the model below it, though, the i30 N is only available with a six-speed manual gearbox. 

CarsGuide can also confirm the i30 facelift shown in Europe in recent weeks will be confined to that market, as it only applies to models built in Europe, and therefore isn’t destined for the South Korean-made models we get. 

CarsGuide can confirm the i30 facelift shown in Europe in recent weeks will be confined to that market. CarsGuide can confirm the i30 facelift shown in Europe in recent weeks will be confined to that market.

At the very least, Hyundai small car customers will be treated to the heavily facelifted Elantra 2019 model in the coming months, and there'll be the i30 Fastback four-door coupe-style model, too. 

Stay tuned for more news on the Hyundai i30 N Line 2019 model. 

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