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Hyundai introduces new N Line features for i30

Hyundai has joined in on the latest trend of offering sporty enhancement packages inspired by its performance range by announcing the 2018 i30 N Line.

This practice started with prestige car marques, most notably Mercedes-Benz’s AMG Line, BMW M Sport, and Audi S Line, but has recently filtered down to the mainstream, with the Ford ST Line and the GT Line of Hyundai’s sister brand, Kia.

The N Line borrows some visual aggression from the highly-acclaimed i30 N performance hot hatch, including 18-inch alloys and Michelin Pilot 4 tyres, wind deflectors, front and rear valance extensions, and sports exhaust tips.

It’s not just a show pony either, with chassis improvements too. These come in the form of larger diameter brake rotors as well as enhanced suspension tuning. The interior has come in for some love too, thanks to a perforated leather steering wheel, N graphics for the gear lever and sports front seats, with suede-effect trimming.

The engine, at least in the Euro-spec 1.4-litre turbo keeps its same 103kW output. Hyundai Motor Europe’s Vice President of marketing and production, Andreas-Christoph Hofmann commemorated the occasion by saying:

“Our i30 N has been hugely successful since launch, showcasing our capabilities in high-performance engineering and emotionalising our brand with its fun-to-drive factor. Now we are extending that feeling to a wider audience with the new i30 N Line.

We believe the comprehensive package of design and engineering enhancements will continue to attract more new customers to the Hyundai brand in Europe.”

Yes, this is a European model, but it’s a safe bet that Hyundai’s local arm will want to follow suit in offering this package on its best-selling i30. While not outselling Corolla so far this year, the i30 has managed an impressive 14,980 units to the end of June.

What do you think of the N line? Would you be keen to spice up your i30?

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