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2020 Hyundai i30 facelift spied

The 2020 Hyundai i30 has been photographed undergoing testing in contintental Europe as the facelifted model nears production. Despite the heavy camouflage in our spy photos, the new i30 appears to have a more aggressive design. It’s also likely the facelifted i30 range will feature a plug-in hybrid model that uses the powertrain currently being developed by sister brand Kia for the Kia Ceed.

Underneath the camouflage are the clear outlines of an aggressive, wider grille. The outline also shows warped hexagon shapes, which are familiar from recent Hyundai models, such as the Nexo hydrogen-powered crossover and the new Tucson prototype.

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While the overall shape of the nose remains reminiscent of the current i30, there are some subtle differences. The headlights on this prototype appear more narrow, much like the ones used on the Kona crossover. At the back, the bumper design has changed to incorporate a rear diffuser.

A plug-in hybrid drivetrain has been used in the Kia XCeed SUV and Ceed Sportswagon estate and both sit on a platform that’s shared with the i30. These models use a 1.6-litre petrol engine paired to a 8.9kWh battery pack and a 44.5kW electric motor, together producing 139bhp. Zero to 62mph takes 10.8 seconds in the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV and an electric range of 37 miles is predicted. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is standard.

The i30 hatchback was the first of the i30 range to be launched in 2017, followed by the streamlined i30 Fastback, the i30 Tourer estate and the performance-orientated i30 N hot hatchback. An significant next step for the brand, in an era of increasing electrification, would be to introduce a hybrid version of the i30.

Interested in knowing more about the i30 hatchback? Read our review for more information.