Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) today officiated its new 3S Centre in Cheras and brought along a new hatchback to town, the all-new Hyundai i30. First previewed at Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2013, the new generation i30 is officially launched in Malaysia. Available in Executive and Sport variants that share the same 1.8-litre MPi engine.
|Engine||1,797cc MPI with DVVT|
|Max Power||148 hp @ 6,500 rpm|
|Max Torque||178 Nm @ 4,700 rpm|
|Price||i40 1.8 Executive RM127,888|
|i30 1.8 Sport RM132,888|
The Hyundai i30 is the Korean automaker’s best selling model in Europe, with a total of 1.5 million units sold worldwide since the introduction of the first generation in 2007. This this second generation i30 was designed and developed at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Germany which features the signature fluidic sculpture design.
As compared to the previous model, the new i30, is longer by 20mm (4,300mm), wider by 5mm (1,78mm) and lower by 10mm (1,470mm). Mr. Lau Yit Mun, Managing Director of Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors said the new i30 appeals to Malaysians who like sleek designs with a touch of luxury. That is true and Hyundai has been able to hit the sweet spots with the Elantra and the fairly new i40. Speaking of which, from the front look of the new i30, it does look like the i40.
The family trait hexagonal grille together with its headlight design is unmistakably a Hyundai. The fluidic sculpture design gives it a strong and athletic character. The headlights however, does not come with xenon headlights, instead they are halogens. But you do get the attention to detail inside the headlamps. The rear of the five-door does have its own character as a hot hatch.
The cabin design is familiarly Hyundai, stylish and elegant with the blue lighting ambiance. The meter cluster is illuminated and well sculpted. After looking at the meter display, you’ll start to realize the seats are in fabric instead of leather. Center console is nicely done with all buttons and dials laid out on its symmetrical design.
The new i30 wheelbase is at 2,650 mm, making it more spacious than the outgoing i30 and it is one of the longest wheelbase in the C-segment, so you do get quite a bit of legroom. Boot space has been increased as well with about 10% more than the first generation’s to 378 litres.
Rear seats are foldable with the 60:40 configuration for a bigger boot. It comes with a twin-panel panoramic sunroof, with a carefully thought of wind deflector to avoid excessive wind from blowing in. Smart key system with engine Start/Stop button come standard as well.
Powered by a 1.8-litre MPi engine with Dual-Continuous Variable Valve Timing (DVVT) and paired with Hyundai’s in-house 6-speed automatic gearbox, it produces 148 horsepower and 175 Nm of torque.
Driver can choose the steering wheel feel via the Flex Steer System that allows three different modes, Comfot, Normal and Sport. In terms of safety, it is equipped with Electronic Stability Programme (EPS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist System (BAS), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Emergency Stop Signal. As for airbags, there are six airbags for front, side and curtain.
The Hyundai i30 1.8L is available in two variants. The i30 Executive is priced at RM127,888 and the i30 Sport priced at RM132,888. Hyundai Sime Darby Motor now offers its new passenger vehicles, including this i30 with a 5-year or 300,000km extended warranty. Available in seven colours, Black Bean, Brilliant Red, Coffee Bean, Creamy White, Dazzling Blue, Hyper Silver and Sleek Silver.
Hyundai’s 25th 3S Centre (Mawanis Sdn Bhd) launched today is the biggest 3S centre so far. Located in Cheras, the centre offers pick-up and delivery service, free labour serive on Wednesdays, complimentary car wash upon service and self-sufficient customer lounge. Mawanis has over 30 years of experience in automobile industry and has invested a total of RM6 million to set up the 3S centre.