Hyundai Is Putting The 2017 i30's Towing Skills To The Test

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Hyundai is working on the upcoming i30, and it appears that the hatchback has gone through a rigorous test of towing. Our friends at SB-Medien have spotted the next Hyundai i30 while testing in the Alps, and the prototype was mated to a trailer.
The towing exercise is nothing out of the ordinary for the automotive industry, as many cars are tested like this before coming to market. However, this set of spyshots is news because the prototype has shed some of its camouflage.

In the photo gallery of this article, you can observe a close-to-production version of the next Hyundai i30. The car’s front end is clearer than in previous spyshots. While the automaker’s signature hexagonal grille has the logo covered up, you can tell this hatchback is the next-generation Hyundai i30.

The camouflage also reveals the new design of the front bumper, as well as the headlamps and fog lights of the compact model. Its profile and rear end are not so revealing, as they are covered in a thicker layer of camouflage.

Hyundai engineers even hid the door handles, but we can see that the automaker has not changed the positioning of the rear ones to obtain a sportier look, in an attempt to mimic a coupe.

However, Hyundai fans will be able to buy the first performance-focused version of the i30 thanks to the new generation. The upcoming Korean hot hatch will feature calibration from Hyundai’s Motorsport division, and the model will bear the “N” letter to mark its affiliation to the performance division of the company.

The all-new Hyundai i30 will be the third generation of the Korean hatchback, and it will come to market around three years after the facelift of the ongoing model was launched. Because of this, Hyundai’s i30 is the oldest model in the company’s lineup, which makes it less desirable to customers of today.

This is set to change once the new i30 comes to market, as the company will continue its assault on Volkswagen, Ford, and the other automakers that sell popular models of the compact segment.
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