Just a few months ago, Hyundai rolled out the N Line version of the i30 hatchback, offering some of the sportier looks of the i30 N hot hatch without the performance enhancements that go with it. Now it’s extended the same treatment to the i30 Fastback.
The new Hyundai i30 Fastback N Line is distinguished from “lesser” versions with a silver-accented front bumper, mesh grille, black headlamp bezels, and the rear bumper from the full-on i30 Fastback N performance model – compete with diffusor, red reflector strip, and triangular fog lamps.
It also gets special badges, of course, as well as an interior spruced up with a sport steering wheel, metal pedals, and N-branded shifter and sport seats.
The suspension has also been retuned, fitted to 17- or 18-inch alloys wearing Michelin PS4 rubber and packing bigger brakes for added stopping power. Buyers will be able to choose between 1.0- and 1.4-liter versions of Hyundai’s T-GDI four-cylinder engine, delivering 118 hp (88 kW) and 126 b-ft (171 Nm) of torque or 138 hp (103 kW) and 178 lb-ft (242 Nm), respectively.
Performance figures already released for those engines in the i30 hatchback, for reference, place the 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time at 11.1 seconds for the 1.0 with the manual, 9.2 seconds for the 1.4 with the DCT, and 8.9 seconds for the 1.4 with the manual.
“Our second Hyundai model available with the new trim, the i30 Fastback N Line, enables even more customers to experience the N feeling,” said Hyundai’s Andreas-Christoph Hofmann. “The i30 Fastback N Line combines the elegance of our five-door coupe and a distinguished selection of dynamic N Line features. Our N Line trim is made for customers who want to spice up their i30.”
European customers can expect the i30 Fastback N Line to reach dealers by the end of the year.