September: Australian timing confirmed for 2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan N
The updated 2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan N will arrive in Australia early next year.
As detailed in April (see below), the facelifted i30 Sedan N – sold as the Avante N and Elantra N in other markets – has received an updated design focused on the front end, new 19-inch alloy wheels, and revisions to its N-specific body kit.
It also has a radar sensor allowing for adaptive cruise control and a more advanced autonomous emergency braking system with cyclist and junction detection for dual-clutch automatic variants.
Hyundai has now confirmed revisions applied under the i30 Sedan N’s skin, including a reinforced engine mount membrane and G-bushing, and a new rear suspension insulator made from urethane instead of rubber.
The changes are said to reduce vibration and improve yaw response, steering precision and damping. The electronically-controlled suspension hardware has also been improved “for enhanced body control”, with optimised software.
An improved gearbox yoke, low-friction universal joint, and revised power-steering software allow better steering feedback and precision. The front and rear tyre pressures have been adjusted to account for increased front axle load to maintain the ride and handling balance.
The updated bumper has a larger air duct to improve the braking system by sending air flow directly towards the brake to cool off when heated, while updated ESC software and a new thermal protector on the front brake hose allow for improved endurance.
Hyundai said that, due to customer feedback, the vehicle's “software has been reprogrammed for optimal use of high-octane petrol to improve performance”.
There are no changes to the i30 Sedan N’s powertrain, with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 206kW and 392Nm – rising to 213kW for a 20-second boost in N Grin Shift mode.
Power is exclusively sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual or eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
When will the 2024 i30 Sedan N arrive in Australia?
The updated Hyundai i30 Sedan N is confirmed for an early 2024 launch in Australia, with local pricing, features and specific timing to be announced closer to its arrival.
Our earlier story, below, continues unchanged.
Below: The i30 Sedan N in its current form
April 2023: i30 Sedan N facelift revealed
The facelifted 2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan N has debuted at the Auto Shanghai motor show.
- 2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan N facelift unveiled
- Updated performance sedan gains revised look; no mechanical changes expected
- Expected in Australia later this year
While the i30 Sedan N was unveiled less than two years ago, it has received an early mid-life facelift in line with the standard range.
As with the standard i30 Sedan, the N's design changes focus on the front end, with reshaped headlights and a wider grille.
However, as before, the hi-po i30 Sedan adopts an N-specific body kit with a new-look front bumper, alloy wheel designs, and a taller rear valance with red extensions.
The pictures – published on Hyundai’s social media pages – showcase two new 19-inch alloy wheel designs for the i30 Sedan N.
This includes an Alfa Romeo-like 'phonedial' design with five round holes, or a gloss black multi-spoke design shared with the i30 N hatch.
It is currently unknown which design will feature on local examples, with more information likely in the coming months, ahead of its expected launch towards the end of 2023.
The addition of a radar sensor in the updated front bumper suggests the i30 Sedan N will gain adaptive cruise control and a more-advanced autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system – at least for the automatic variant.
Adaptive cruise control and cyclist/junction-detecting AEB is available on automatic versions of the standard i30 Sedan, but it is omitted from the current N as it features a camera-only system.
Hyundai has yet to detail the updated i30 Sedan N’s technical specifications; however, no changes are expected for its 2.0-litre turbo-petrol powertrain.
Currently, the i30 Sedan produces 206kW and 392Nm – rising to 213kW in N Grin Shift mode – with power exclusively sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual or eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
In addition, Hyundai has yet to reveal the 2024 i30 Sedan N interior, but it should mirror changes applied to the standard model overseas.
These include a blind-spot view monitor, a 360-degree camera system, USB-C charge ports, an optional built-in dashcam, an odour-reducing climate control system, and digital key functionality.
Second-row passengers are protected by a new rear-side airbag, taking the total airbag count to eight – but it continues to lack a front-centre airbag, meaning the i30 Sedan is unlikely to receive a five-star safety rating if ANCAP tests it.
The facelifted 2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan N is expected to arrive in Australia in the second half of this year, with local pricing and features to be detailed closer to the time.
The pre-facelift i30 Sedan N is priced at $50,200 before on-road costs for the manual and automatic.