Hyundai India has been testing the premium hatchback i30 on the Indian roads for a while now. HMIL has already launched Verna facelift and Aura in 2020 and now that i30 testing has been spotted yet again. Does this mean i30 is on the cards for an Indian line up? If so, the premium hatchback is expected to be placed above elite i20 and is priced on par with Hyundai Creta with no direct rivals.
The spy pictures with the ARAI sticker indicate that considerations are underway for the Indian market. The leaked images with 1.6D badging suggesting 4 cylinders turbocharged diesel unit. As per reports, two states of the tune are offered- 115PS and 136PS mated to 6-speed manual gearbox and optional 7-speed DCT Automatic transmission. In the global market, it is offered with multiple engine options- 1.6L diesel engine, 1.4L naturally aspirated petrol engine and 1.0L turbocharged petrol engine.
The i30's feature list comprises of a panoramic sunroof, LED headlamps and DRLs, 17 inches 10 spoke alloy wheels, advanced 8.0-inch infotainment system, reverse parking camera, high-resolution instrument cluster, engine start/stop button, 10-way electrically adjustable driver seat, ventilated seats, wireless phone charging and more. There is little to no possibility of launching a premium hatchback in India as this segment is a bit overpriced. As of now, there is no official announcement from HMIL regarding the launch of i30 in India. If everything works in favor of Hyundai, we can expect i30 to be placed above elite i20 with no direct rivals. It is most likely to be offered with a starting price of Rs.10 lakh which is quite similar to the new-gen Creta. Chances are that the high price tag may deter many customers and attract more customers to the SUV segment given that both the cars are offered in the same price bracket.
In the global market, the i30 competes with the likes of Peugeot 308, Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Scala with multiple engine options. Hyundai India is currently focused on updating its current line up to clean and stringent BS-VI emission standards. Apart from i30 testing, Hyundai is geared up for the launch of next-gen Elite i20 in the year-end. In addition to ordering COVID-19 rapid testing kits with high accuracy from South Korea, the carmaker has recently donated Rs.5 Crore to Tamilnadu CM Relief fund to towards its contribution to the fight against COVID-19. Together let's break the chain by practicing social distancing and washing hands frequently.