► Hyundai hints at three new models
► i30 N hot hatch due at 2016 Paris show
► ‘Firework of new models’ due by 2018
During the launch of the new Hyundai i30 five-door hatchback, the brand hinted at plans for at least three new model variants – including the much-anticipated ‘N’ performance variant and a four-door fastback bodystyle.
In a teaser image shown to members of the press at Hyundai’s research and development centre in Frankfurt, the South Korean car maker appeared to illustrate the four-door fastback, the five-door hatch and an estate model.
Hyundai Europe product marketing manager Dennis Elsweier said they were part of ‘a firework of new models to come in the next couple of years.’
Five-door hot hatch to debut at 2016 Paris Motor Show
The ‘N’ performance car (thought not to have been shown in this image) has previously been spotted testing by CAR at Hyundai’s Nurburgring development centre, and the finished model set to debut at the 2016 Paris motor show. The five-door hot hatch will pack between 240bhp and 260bhp, and is also set to feature larger brakes and a twin-exit exhaust system.
Hyundai’s new i30 fastback
Little is known about the swoopily-roofed fastback model, though company sources promise a visually exciting package based on the i30 platform.
Whether this, and indeed any further models other than the five-door hatchback, will be given the ‘N’ performance designation is currently unknown.
And a Hyundai mini-SUV/crossover could join the ranks...
The car seen in the middle of the three sketches is, according to Hyundai officials, the newly-unveiled i30 five-door hatchback. However, rumours abound that it could actually portray a low-slung crossover designed to go in direct competition with the popular Nissan Juke.
Adding fuel to the fire is the Hyundai Intrado concept car. Unveiled at the 2014 Geneva motor show, the futuristic hydrogen-powered crossover was the first Hyundai-branded car to be styled by design chief Peter Schreyer – the same man responsible for shaping the looks of the new i30.
The teaser sketch and Intrado concept share a similar-looking silhouette, while a mini-crossover bodystyle would chime with current market trends away from the traditional hatchback.
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