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Hyundai tweaks diesel i30

Refresh: Diesel variants of the Hyundai i30 hatch and wagon (pictured) have recevied a torque boost and a new six-speed manual 'box.

Torquier engine and a new six-speed manual gearbox for Hyundai i30 CRDi

13 Sep 2011

HYUNDAI has announced an engine and transmission upgrade for turbo-diesel CRDi variants of its top-selling i30 small hatch and wagon range at no extra cost.

The Korean manufacturer has massaged a little more torque out of the car’s existing 85kW 1.6-litre engine, with peak output jumping from 255Nm between 1900 and 2750rpm to 260Nm at the same point in the rev range.

The tweaked oil-burning engine will be mated to either the existing four-speed automatic or a new six-speed manual transmission, which gets an extra cog over the one previously used.

Despite this bump in torque output, the revised engine and manual transmission combination has also resulted in improved fuel economy, dropping from 4.7 litres per 100km to 4.5L/100km on the official combined-cycle economy standard.

Automatic versions, meanwhile, have fallen by as much as 0.3L/100km, with claimed consumption for the self-shifter dropping to as little as 5.7L/100km.

The CRDi also emits fewer grams of carbon dioxide than previous versions, with manual variants now putting out 119g/km in hatch guise and 124g/km in wagon form – down from 158g/km and 128g/km respectively.

1 center imageLeft: Hyundai i30's 1.6-litre CRDi engine.

Automatic models now emit 150g/km for the hatch and 154g/km for the wagon, compared to 159g/km for both body styles previously.

Safety and specification levels remain unchanged, with the five-star ANCAP range featuring standard fare such as electronic stability control, traction control, ABS brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, Hyundai Active Locking Operation, six airbags and anti-whiplash front head restraints.

Standard equipment across the range now also includes Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming and both USB and auxiliary audio connections.

This could well be the final round of tweaks Hyundai Australia introduces to this version its top-selling car, with the all-new second-generation i30 first previewed last week ahead of its Frankfurt show debut this week and the commencement of local sales around the middle of next year.

While not much official information has emerged on the second-generation i30, official images confirm it will gain the brand’s swooping ‘fluidic sculpture’ styling as already seen on models like the Accent, Elantra, i45 and ix35.

The current i30 comfortably Hyundai’s best-selling car here, and is the fourth-largest seller overall in Australia’s booming small-car segment in 2011, with a market share of 12.8 per cent placing it behind only the Mazda3, Holden Cruze and Toyota Corolla.

Hyundai i30 pricing:
SX 1.6 petrol $19,590
SX 1.6 petrol (a) $21,590
SX 2.0 petrol $20,590
SX 2.0 petrol (a)$22,590
SX1.6 CDRi$23,090
SX1.6 CRDi &nbsp (a)$25,090
SLX 2.0 petrol $24,090
SLX 2.0 petrol (a)$26,090
SLX1.6 CRDi$26,590
SLX1.6 CRDi (a)$28,590
SR 2.0 petrol $26,540
SR 2.0 petrol (a)$28,540
SX 2.0 petrol$22,090
SX 2.0 petrol (a)$24,090
SX1.6 CRDi $24,590
SX1.6 CRDi (a)$26,590
SLX 2.0 petrol (a)$27,590
SLX1.6 CRDi (a)$30,090
Sportwagon 2.0 petrol (a)$28,990

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