Facelifted Hyundai i30 Spotted, Is It Hiding A Plug-In Powertrain?

Hyundai gave the i30 a minor facelift last year and it appears bigger changes are on the horizon.

Recently caught undergoing testing, this prototype features an all-new front fascia with a revised grille that echoes the one used on the Sonata. The car has also been equipped with new headlights that feature distinctive LED daytime running lights.

Further below, there’s a modified bumper with revised air intakes. We can also see new fog lights which are more prominent than the ones used on the current model.

The rear end is heavily camouflaged, but we can see the hatchback has been equipped with a new bumper and repositioned reflectors. We can also expect restyled taillights, but it hard to tell beneath all that camouflage.

Interior changes should be relatively minor as last year’s update included the availability of an 8-inch Display Audio system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. That being said, Hyundai could add new features and possibility some driver assistance systems.

Engine options remain unconfirmed, but the previous update included a new 1.6-liter Smartstream diesel engine that complies with Euro 6d Temp emission standards. It’s available in three states of tune with outputs of 95 hp (71 kW / 96 PS), 114 hp (85 kW / 116 PS) and 134 hp (100 kW / 136 PS).

That engine should carryover, but spy photographers noticed something unusual about this prototype’s camouflage. If you look closely at the grille, the Hyundai logo is covered by a rectangular flap. They believe it could be hiding a charging port.

Also Read: 2019 Hyundai i30 Hatch And Wagon Get New Diesels And Styling Tweaks

While that remain unconfirmed, speculation suggests the model could gain a plug-in hybrid powertrain. It could potentially be the same one used in the upcoming Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV. If that’s the case, the car could have a 1.6-liter petrol engine, an electric motor and an 8.4 kWh battery pack.

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