Following in the footsteps of sister company Kia and its Pro_cee'd, Hyundai has also introduced a three-door variant of its own compact hatchback model, the i30, which is marketed in North America as the Elantra GT.
Much like the closely related Pro_cee'd, which is the three-door version of the Cee'd compact hatch, the i30 three door differs from its five door sibling from the A-pillar and back featuring a roofline that slopes downward from front to rear, a remodel bumper and tailgate plus more heavily sculpted rear shoulders.
Hyundai's designers also made some changes to the front end of the car with a re-profiled bumper sporting different fog lamp housings and a new, black-finished mesh insert and central bar for the hexagonal grille.
The three-door i30 will be offered in Europe with the same powertrains as the five-door and station wagon version (Tourer) of the i30 including 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter diesel and gasoline units ranging in output from 89hp (90PS) to 126hp (128PS), together with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
The new i30 three-door will be officially revealed at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September with a sales date to be announced.
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