Saturday, 25 July 2009
New Hyundai i30 in Malaysia now
INTRODUCING THE NEW HYUNDAI i30
The i stands for inspiration, a key driving force for all vehicle development at Hyundai Motor Company. But i also stands for intelligence and that is what customers have come to expect from Hyundai. In all these forms i lies at the core of any Hyundai brand promise. From this premise the "i" badge is a natural development.
Made and designed in the company’s Russelsheim Design and Technical Center for those who want stylish practicality with a distinctive dash of sporting flair, the i30 is aimed at Malaysians who wants something different, but with proven integrity and quality. The i30 opens a new chapter for Hyundai automobiles in Malaysia.
Creative Flair - the exterior
Flowing curves, emphasised by strong character lines highlight the broad stance and long wheelbase of the i30. The clearly defined unbroken waistline unifies a classic proportion. The effect is conservative, yet exciting, giving a dynamic impression of performance and capability.
The pronounced dual intake frontal styling seems to mould effortlessly into the bonnet and A-pillar lines. The upsweep of the rear window lines mirrors the lower character line. The harmonic effect creates a distinct and dynamic posture.
The sculpted rear appearance is achieved by a combination of qualified curves that extend the waistline and reflect the curvaceous front and side styling. Every element of the design works in harmony. The seemingly effortless interaction of front and rear light clusters, unobtrusive roof spoiler and superb front proportions, all contribute a powerful sense of proportion and purpose.
Dynamic refinement - the interior
The long wheelbase and generous width of the i30, combined with Hyundai’s acknowledged skill in interior space packaging have produced an interior fully focused upon class-leading comfort, functionality and practicality.
Dynamic refinement has been applied to every aspect, including air management, the light airy ambience, seating comfort and intuitive ergonomics.
The i30 was conceived from the beginning as a driver’s car. The clarity of the instruments, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, supportive bucket seats and optimal gearshift positioning are all evidence of this. For extra clarity, LCD technology has been used for the central info display and the instrument panel mounted display and warning lights. Generous directional air vents ensure optimum interior air management. Two-tone interior trim, with metallic soft paint treatment, together with special attention to the upholstery fabrics and materials has produced a vitalising and fresh, highly "European" interior environment.
Blue instrument lighting
Hyundai has adopted LED based blue instrument and minor control lighting throughout their upper market ranges. The advantages are less eyestrain and fatigue under all ambient light conditions, helping to maintain peak driver alertness and vision.
For years now Hyundai have been proving that a car does not have to be large to feel spacious or carry a premium price to offer an intelligent interior. Intuitive ergonomics are evident in all of the minor controls. The positive feel of the steering wheel audio/communication switches and column stalks, together with the easy to hand positioning of air conditioning and power windows and mirrors amply demonstrate this. The easy access to sunglasses holders, map pockets and other storage and storage areas are another Hyundai strength that characterises the i30. Even the positioning and precise feel of the automatic gearshift has been further optimised. All contribute to the reality of a driver’s car.
The ideal integrated interior
The i30´s dimensions at 4,245 mm long, 1,775 mm wide and 1,480 mm high, fit i30 totally to current C-segment expectations. In addition the long wheelbase of 2,650 mm offers superior inside spaciousness, which has received the full force of Hyundai intelligent interior design. The extra space allowed the designers to optimise every aspect of it. The result is increased freedom of movement, optimal seat and instrument positioning and increased comfort. Both front and rear legroom and headroom are well above the accepted average.
Rear space with the capacity to convince
The i30 matches above average occupant space with generous, easy access luggage capacity. A useful and fully useable luggage area gives an impressive 340 litres load volume with the rear seats upright. With the rear seats folded flat, the load space length and load volume are increased to 1,250 litres.
Engines and transmissions
The i30 comes with a choice of manual or automatic transmission power options. All petrol engines have 16v DOHC CVVT and variable inlet technology. The new 1.6 engine gives 121PS and 154 Nm torque, while the range topping 2.0 offers 143 PS with 186.3 Nm torque
The 5-speed all-synchro transmission of the i30 has been specifically engineered to match the sporting nature of the car with short throw and really precise shifts. The 5-speed all-synchro transmission is only available for the 1.6 litre version.
The 4-speed automatic transmission has a new; more ergonomically located gate shift allows more precise control of the i30’s 4-speed automatic transmission. The result is smoother mode selection and access to quicker, easier more precise overrides.
Suspension and braking match the performance
In any of the three available launch versions the Hyundai i30 offers a dynamic, yet cultivated driving experience. Fitted with MacPherson strut front suspensions and multi-link rear suspension has been adopted to perfectly complement the high design rigidity. Ventilated 15 inch discs front and solid 14 inch rear* with 4-channel ABS and optional ESP* (only available for 2.0 litre version) mean the dynamic appearance is matched to real on-road handling control. The result is a car that simply demands to be driven.
Like every other Hyundai, the i30 was safe even before it reached prototype stage. Advanced design systems and sophisticated computer simulation, combined with intensive component testing meant that by the time the real tests came only conceptual fine-tuning was required. That is typical of the Hyundai approach to safety. It begins on the drawing board, is thoroughly tested during prototype stage, and fulfils every expectation on the road.
The i30 is fully equipped to protect. In terms of passive safety it features dual front, side and seatbelt pre-tensioning. Also, as with every Hyundai vehicle, the passive safety features are fully grounded in a state-of-the-art safety structure. This includes deformable zones, occupant protection cell and 3-way load distribution technology. Further rigidity has been achieved with reinforced A-pillars, strengthened bulkhead, front and side members, toughened B and C pillars and full-length side impact protection.
Peace of mind features
Customer expectations in the C-segment have risen constantly over the past decade. The i30 is equipped to meet them. Rear mounted parking sensors that give and audible warning. ABS with EBD 4-channel ABS and deselectable ESP* (only available for 2.0 litre version) are standard on the i30 for advanced active safety. All Hyundai i30 comes with Hyundai’s assurance of 5 year, 300,000km warranty program which assures all customers of any unexpected repair or cost due to manufacturing defect. This is the longest warranty offered by any automaker in Malaysia.
The Hyundai i30 are priced at RM 92,388 (OTR) for the 1.6 M/T, RM 97,888 for the 1.6 A/T and RM112,888 (OTR) for the 2.0 A/T. The Hyundai i30 will be available for viewing at all Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors Sdn. Bhd. sales outlet from 1st August 2009 onwards.
Malaysian motorists can place their bookings at the nearest sales outlet or call its Customer Careline at 1-300-13-2000 for more information.