Hyundai has released a teaser of its car for the people, the new generation of the i30, ahead of its planned world debut at the beginning of September and then its stage debut at the Mondial de l’Automobile 2016 in Paris.
Marketed in North America as the Elantra GT, the new hatchback/wagon was designed, developed and tested in Europe. Teaser images show a direct resemblance to the latest generation Genesis introduced two years ago and to the Elantra sedan that followed last year, with a large trapezoidal grille but without the horizontal lines of its predecessors. Rather it features a cascading mesh backdrop.
It’s framed by wide and thin headlamps with projector bulbs, and vertical LEDs below them as daytime running lights. At the other end, wide and thin rear light housings add visual width to the car, while a high window line creates the illusion of a wide, squat cabin. Hyundai calls the presentation a refined, timeless design.
“For the design of the New Generation Hyundai i30, we didn’t just look at one customer, we focused on a wide range of different people,” said Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group. “It’s a car for everybody … The design is an evolution of Hyundai Motor’s design language with natural flowing lines, refined surfaces and a sculpted body to create a timeless appearance. With the New Generation i30, we are introducing our further developed grille: the Cascading grille.”
A video teaser shows a window line rising from front to rear, in a classic wagon 2-box presentation, with only a slight dipping down of the roof at the rear. The rear doors again trail into a quarter window, finishing off the cabin profile on a wide C-pillar.
Not much is known of the interior, with the only feature being a close-up of the leather seat bolsters, showing a perforated insert that could be lighter (thought it may be the lighting) to indicate a 2-tone presentation.
In the video, Schreyer says that this is the new direction for Hyundai, so we expect the cascading grille will be the new standard on coming vehicles.