2025 Hyundai i30 Hatchback Update and Shift in Production Impact Price

Matt Brand
March 26, 2024
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The Hyundai i30, a popular small hatchback in Australia, is set for a facelift and technology upgrade in its 2025 iteration, anticipated to arrive in the second half of the year.

This update serves as the second facelift for the model since its introduction in 2017, aimed at refreshing the vehicle amidst dwindling sales of small hatchbacks in Europe.

Modest design refinements are part of the update, including changes to the bumper, new wheel choices, and additional color options. Technological enhancements feature an updated digital dashboard and improved safety capabilities.

However, the model's production relocation from South Korea to the Czech Republic is expected to lead to a price increase for Australian consumers.

This price adjustment is attributed to the imposition of a 5% import tariff, increased shipping costs, and the incorporation of more complex turbocharged, mild-hybrid engine technology.

The entry-level automatic i30 hatch, previously offered at a drive-away price of $28,290, is anticipated to experience a noticeable price increase due to these changes.

Furthermore, an updated version of the i30 N hot hatch will follow, which has always been manufactured in the Czech Republic.

The European version of the i30 hatch will feature stylistic updates including new grille patterns and fog light surrounds, a revised rear bumper, and new wheel designs.

Australian models will retain certain distinct design elements, differing from the European specification. Interior updates across the range include a larger digital instrument cluster in top-tier models, revised seating materials, additional USB-C ports, and updated interior lighting.

Safety features have been expanded to include enhanced autonomous emergency braking with intersection support, a rear occupant reminder, and a more sophisticated traffic sign recognition system.

A 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with mild-hybrid technology is expected to power the Australian models, offering increased torque over the outgoing 2.0-litre engine while promising improved fuel efficiency.

The switch to production in the Czech Republic is scheduled for April 2024, with the hatchback model expected to make its Australian debut between July and September 2024.

This transition aims to navigate the i30 through the changing landscape of automotive consumer preferences and regulatory challenges.

Matt Brand
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