2021 i30 Sedan: Sensuous sportiness.
Chassis and suspension.
All-new i30 Sedan brings refined suspension design to deliver optimum comfort and stability along with dynamic handling.
A sophisticated multi-link independent rear suspension is the highlight in i30 Sedan N Line variants and features retainer sandwich (RS) valve dampers that provide performance improvement in the ultra-low damping force range.
i30 Sedan Active and Elite utilise a light and compact coupled torsion beam (CTBA) rear axle suspension design with rear-mounted upright dampers and a fuel economy-enhancing aerodynamic under cover.
At the front, every i30 Sedan features a strut suspension that introduces improved geometry, including a reduced strut mount span, and adopts solid six-point mountings and an additional reinforcing structure designed to improve steering response.
In addition, the front stabiliser bar assembly is repositioned, and redesigned front lower suspension arms bring improved steering stability.
Steering feel is improved compared with the preceding model through the repositioning of the steering gearbox.
i30 Sedan N Line adopts 305mm ventilated front rotors (25mm larger than those of Elite and Active) to provide additional braking performance.
All-new i30 Sedan benefits from an Australian-specific chassis tune, developed over thousands of kilometres of driving on a variety of Australian road surfaces, from urban roads to highways, freeways, mountain passes and country roads.
The local development program for i30 Sedan followed Hyundai Australia’s proven philosophy.
“Our target was to deliver that safe, practical ride and handling Australians now expect from a Hyundai, as well as mixing in the surprising dynamic and playful behaviour that all of our cars possess,” Hyundai Motor Company Australia Product Planning and Development Specialist Tim Rodgers said.
“For both N Line and non-N Line variants we were involved quite early in the tuning process. We travelled to Korea and undertook evaluation and feedback in the prototype stage, so we had quite a lot of input early on, which gave us a base tune that we really liked when we commenced tuning on Australian roads,” Rodgers said.
“The car is really comfortable and premium-feeling in all grades, and also extremely safe on our roads.”
As 2021 i30 Sedan moved towards production, the Hyundai Australia engineering and development team worked with engineers in Korea to evaluate multiple damper builds, subjecting the model to its rigorous local benchmarking and ride and handling development program.
“We’re proud of the result,” Rodgers said. “We think the car is engaging, easy-to-drive and comfortable all at the same time.”
Australian market i30 Sedan features significantly different underpinnings compared with other markets.
“We’ve revised almost everything – the springs are different from the donor packages and because of that we’ve revised the damping. In the N Line it’s quite a big difference to what you would experience in other markets,” Rodgers said.
In addition N Line variants adopt an all-new high-performance tyre pattern, the Goodyear Eagle F1 in 235/40R18 on an 18x8.0-inch alloy wheel.
All-new 2021 i30 Sedan’s stylish body delivers excellent collision performance and expanded occupant space, along with high rigidity and a lowered centre of mass, to the benefit of refinement, ride and handling.
Multiple load path design ensures secure and stable frontal collision performance, including a strengthened member-connection structure through the application of double-box construction.
In addition, the adoption of a front chassis frame structure improves collision energy dispersion.
A greater number of hot-stamped components, compared with the preceding model, increase the strength of the occupant cell.
NVH performance is improved through redesigned doors, enhanced door-glass sealing, optimised sound absorbing and insulating materials, and increased suspension component rigidity.
Upper body aerodynamic design elements reduce drag to the improvement of fuel economy and high-speed stability - these include a lowered front bumper lip and underbody air-guide extensions.
i30 Sedan’s coefficient of lift is reduced to one of the lowest in the class through the use of wheel deflectors and undercovers, such as for the engine bay, transmission and centre floor.
All-new 2021 i30 Sedan applies the ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design identity to create an athletic long, low and wide flagship for the Hyundai small car range.
‘Parametric Dynamics’ features as a unifying design theme for the i30 Sedan, from details such as the pattern of the futuristic cascade grille, through to the crisply rendered character lines that define the model’s attractive silhouette.
The parametric shape continues in the design of the daytime running lights and of the sharp-edged lower bumper moulding and air cushion intakes.
The integration of the broad grille, via angular, integrated turn-signal lights, with an upswept headlight design completes a bold and sophisticated frontal architecture.
Intersecting character lines on i30 Sedan’s flanks create jewel-like surfaces that team with a long bonnet line and a smoothly contoured, elegant roofline to create an intriguing and athletic profile.
On N Line variants, at the rear a lighting strip links Hyundai H-emblem-inspired LED taillights featuring further parametric detailing, to reinforce a broad, stable stance, and create a futuristic image. A black deck garnish creates a visually long rear glass and a couple-like style, and is complemented by a sleek boot-lid edge and a wing-type lower bumper garnish.
Contrasting machined-finish 17- and 18-inch alloys (N Line variants) designs underline i30 Sedan’s bold visual statement.
For N Line variants, an exclusive front bumper design, and a gloss black boot-lip spoiler and side sill mouldings create a heightened sportiness and a distinctive look, along with unique headlight and taillight detailing, chrome twin exhausts, and an N Line rear diffuser.
An intuitive and technologically rich cabin for all-new i30 Sedan continues the exterior’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design identity to create an immersive cocoon for occupants.
The technological standout in i30 Sedan Elite and N Line variants is the futuristic 10.25-inch LCD Supervision virtual instrument cluster, featuring driver-selectable themes. It is harmoniously integrated with a 10.25-inch multimedia & navigation unit display.
In other i30 Sedan variants a conventional cluster is complemented by a 4.2-inch colour Supervision TFT-LCD display that presents a range of useful vehicle-data infographics.
The design of i30 Sedan’s cabin wraps around the driver, from door trims through the line of the dashboard to the centre console with unique ‘grip bar’, to emphasise a sense of width and spaciousness.
i30 Sedan Elite further emphasis the driver focused cabin with a unique two-tone asymmetric interior design.
Customisable, 64-colour mood lighting completes a classy cabin ambience.
A newly developed steering wheel layout combines ergonomic design with sophisticated style and gives the driver fingertip control of Bluetooth and audio functions.