Headlining changes for 2015 is an anticipated styling update, along with the addition of a new seven-speed dual-clutch auto and upgraded engine options.
At the rear of the i30 Turbo, there’s a new bumper design again finished with closed faux mesh vents and large exhaust tips at both corners.
The i30 Turbo will be offered in both five-door and three-door form, with the aggressive new styling making the three-door version something of a rival to Kia’s Pro_Cee’d GT.
The Hyundai won’t compete with Kia’s hero hatch on every front, however. With power listed at 137kW, it produces only a touch more than the 129kW offered with the naturally-aspirated 2.0 litre mill of Australia’s current i30 SR.
Like its Veloster Turbo stablemate - and the Pro_Cee’d GT - motivation in the i30 Turbo is provided by a 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but those two offer a more compelling 150kW of power.
Equipped with a six-speed manual, Hyundai lists a 0-100km/h time of 8.0 seconds, which is, oddly, 0.3 seconds slower than Hyundai Australia’s claim for the i30 SR manual.
Like our local model, the new i30 Turbo also boasts sports-tuned suspension and steering for a more dynamic drive, and Hyundai has also loaded it up with 18-inch alloys and 300mm/284mm front and rear brake discs.
Expect the i30 Turbo to replace the existing i30 SR in Australia when the updated range lands next year.
Elsewhere in the range, Hyundai has given Europe’s i30 some key Euro 6 compliant engine update, with two diesel and two petrol mills on offer.
The diesel options are a pair of 1.6 litre units offering either 80 or 100kW, while the petrol choices are the naturally-aspirated 73kW 1.4 and 88kW 1.6 engines.
Australian powertrains are still to be detailed, although we can likely expect the new seven-speed dual-clutch auto to replace the six-speed torque-converter shifter of the current range.
Watch for more details on the updated i30 range to surface in the coming months.