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Hyundai i30 Sedan 2023: facelift coming to Australia this year, hybrid option could follow


The i30 Sedan has gone under the knife and could benefit from a hybrid option when it lands in Australia

Hyundai has unveiled the facelifted version of its i30 Sedan as part of a midlife update which is set to arrive in Australia in the second half of 2023 and a hybrid option could follow.

Previously badged as the Elantra in Australia, the facelifted sedan was unveiled in Korea where it is known as the Avante.

The i30 Sedan facelift could see a hybrid option join the lineup

The images appear to show the base grade, which is expected to return to Australia with its 2.0-litre engine alongside the 1.6-litre turbo-powered N Line, which could later be joined by a 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated hybrid in the future. 

All i30 sedans will continue to be front-wheel drive, but the N Line could swap from its existing dual-clutch automatic to an eight-speed torque converter unit.

The full-fat ‘N’ performance variant is yet to be seen but that too is expected to undergo similar styling changes, and it could even come in for an engine upgrade.

What has changed on the i30 Sedan?

The i30 Sedan now features a more aggressive appearance across its front end, with a more distinguished connection between the front headlights, as is becoming common in Hyundai’s styling. 

The interior looks largely the same

At the rear, things are similarly quite familiar with the single-piece taillight undergoing subtle changes matched with a restyled rear bumper.

Inside, the i30 Sedan appears to be largely unchanged, with the prominent passenger grab handle and dual large screens sitting centre stage.

The exact specification is yet to be confirmed for Australia but the model on display is likely closer to the i30 Sedan Premium grade given its large wheels and leather interior.