Published on March 19th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Hyundai’s FURTHER EVOLUTION OF ‘FLUIDIC SCULPTURE’ DESIGN
The new Hyundai i30 represents further evolution of the Hyundai form language, ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ – the company’s distinctive design DNA. The ‘Fluidic’ essence provides the Hyundai i30 with a slippery .30 coefficient of drag. Everything about Hyundai i30 is aerodynamic from the aggressive profile and low overall height, to the sleek side mirrors. Tire gaps are minimized while rocker panels are streamlined. Lower wind resistance translates into better fuel economy and a smoother ride.
A key factor behind the more athletic appearance of new Hyundai i30 is the significantly increased track. While the bodyshell is 5 mm wider, the front and rear tracks have been increased by 17 mm and 27 mm respectively, moving the wheels and tyres outwards to become flush with the wheel arches – simultaneously heightening the car’s aesthetics and improving its road holding.
The base of the windscreen is moved forwards by 84 mm and down by 26 mm. The profile of the i30 is given added finesse by the chrome beltline moulding beneath the glass house and by the new-look 16-inch alloy wheels.
Its visual impact on the road is also raised by the LED daytime running lights which are standard on all models. The new i30 also bears Hyundai’s signature frontal feature – the hexagonal-shaped grille, with a choice of single body-colour or twin chrome horizontal trim bars.
Although the 2,650 mm wheelbase is carried over for the new Hyundai i30, the increase in overall length and width has been exploited to create more space for occupants and more cargo space for luggage. Front seat occupants can enjoy 30 mm more headroom, 11mm more legroom, and 5 mm of additional shoulder room. Rear passengers gain 5 mm of shoulder room and access to and across the rear seats is improved by lowering the floor’s central tunnel by 59% (from 133 mm to just 54 mm). Boot capacity is boosted by 11 per cent to 378 litres (up 38 litres), the dashboard glovebox is enlarged by 38per cent to 8.0 litres (up from 5.8), bottle storage in the front door trims is doubled in size to 1.5-litres and new 0.6-litre storage pockets are provided in the rear doors.
In terms of cabin refinement and NVH, Hyundai was determined to achieve significant improvements over the previous i30 model. Measures adopted to improve NVH included vibration damping engine mounts, fitting hollow drive shafts, stronger bodyshell joints between the sills and B-pillars, double-layer door seals, increased foam-filling in the A-pillars and re-shaped exterior door handles. Cabin noises have been cut to class-best levels, with engine noise at idle down to 38 dB, acceleration noise lowered to 52 dB, road noise limited to 64 dB and wind noise cut to 63.6 dB. For more information on the all new Hyundai i30 please visit www.hyundai.com.my