New 2014 Hyundai, Kia i30 three-door hatchback revealed

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It’s official, Hyundai and Kia are in bed with each other.  What’s more to proof this fact is that both companies have just unveiled its latest creation of the new hatchback. The new hatchback shared the same platform from the Kia Cee’d and the Hyundai i30, as both companies will have each own variant.  

For Hyundai will be called the i30 and Kia will be called the Kia pro_cee’d.  Sound confusing? Well, don’t be, they are all same.  Despite their shared design elements, both cars are uniquely appealed from each other. The Kia is a much sharper and aggressive looking car, and we can see this in its large front grille and with the rear-end that looks much like one of the Euro compact sports car, mainly from the VW family.

To appeal to wider range of audience, the 2014 Hyundai i30 three-door hatchback is more sportier than its brethren.  It is designed with a distinctive, sporty styling, which incorporated Hyundai’s ‘fluidic design language.  With its rakish beltline, more angular glasshouse silhouette and longer front doors provide it with a more dynamic profile.  In addition, the changes continued to both the front and rear styling as well. The 2014 Hyundai i30 three-door hatchback is third member of the Hyundai i30 family, and it joins the five-door hatchback and the Tourer to extend the broad appeal of Hyundai’s ‘made for Europe’ C-segment range.

According to Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Europe, “The New Generation i30 three-door has been conceived solely for Europe, and will strengthen Hyundai’s presence further in the segment where we have seen our greatest success since 2007. Just as important, its sporty looks − offering a fresh interpretation of fluidic sculpture − will generate greater brand awareness and enhance consumer perceptions of Hyundai in Europe.”

There will be four different engine options available: two gasoline and two diesel engines, which can be matched with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.  The highlight of the powertrain range is the ‘U-II’ 1.6-litre diesel engine, generating 128PS yet emitting only 97g/km of CO2. Together, these figures deliver the best power-to-efficiency ratio in the segment.

The new generation 2014 Hyundai i30 three-door will be officially unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show on Thursday 27 September 2012.  In the meantime, check out the above. (9/16/2012)

Update: 11/15/2012

The 2013 Hyundai i30 three-door concept was first debuted at the Paris Motor Show earlier this year, and now Hyundai has just released a promotion video of the production model, which means the car will be available at dealerships later this month.

Just as expected, the 2013 Hyundai i30 three-door looks very similar to the five-door version, with only being a three-door. The rest of the car remains relatively the same as the five-door i30. It is powered by a four-cylinder engine producing around 126 horsepower, and mating to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

For the time being, the new 2013 Hyundai i30 three-door model will only be available in Europe and elsewhere in world, not for the North American market just yet. In the meantime, check out the video below.