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TMR Team | Sep 13, 2017

Hyundai is bringing four-door coupe styling to the masses.

The South Korean brand unveiled its new i30 fastback at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show.

Set to provide a different take on the small hatch that would offer something unique in the crowded compact segment and would only further enhance the i30's strong position.

However, Hyundai hasn't confirmed if the fastback would be made available in Australia.

Hyundai claims the swoopy-roofed design is "characterised by its strong stance and sporty, elongated lines" and accuentuated by a roof line that is 25mm lower and an overal length that is 115mm longer than the hatch while the cascading grille at the front has been reduced to give it an even wider look.

“The i30 Fastback is a real game-changer. We are the first volume brand to enter the compact segment with a stylish and sophisticated five-door coupé,” explains Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer at Hyundai Design Centre Europe.

“When designing the i30 Fastback we played with the proportions of the i30 range by reducing the height of the Cascading Grille and lowering the roof line. The elegant silhouette is further emphasised by the generously arched rear spoiler shape. Our team was able to achieve a pure design, which combines the sports car spirit with the comfort of a luxurious sedan. With this innovative approach to compact cars, we enable our customers to make an expressive statement when driving the Fastback.”

The car also rides on a suspension set-up that is 5mm lower and 15 per cent stiffer than the hatch offered in Europe (Australian i30s have a unique suspension tune specifically suited to local conditions).

Initially to be offered in Europe the Fastback will have the choice of either a 1.4-litre turbocharged diesel engine - equipped with either a six-sped manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission - or a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit, which will be paired to a six-speed manual only.

A 1.6-litre turbo diesel will be offered from next year in two states of tune, and it is expected that Hyundai's high-performance N division will apply the same treatment as its i30 N hot hatch in the future too.

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