It's another sporty Hyundai that we wish would come to America.
Hyundai's updated i30 has arrived sporting the brand's latest design language. After the recently unveiled i20 hatchback, the i30 follows similar styling cues with a widened grille and sharp LED detailing within the headlamp clusters. One of the more interesting i30 body styles is the fastback version, and designer Aksyonov Nikita has just produced stunning renderings of what the i30 N Fastback could look like.
Although unlikely to come to the US, we really wish it would. Nikita's rendering displays a blue i30 N Fastback with a black hood, larger black alloy wheels, and aggressive side skirts.
At the back, dual tailpipes sit below the updated i30's taillights. From the side skirts with orange accents to the carbon fiber hood, it appears that Nikita has taken inspiration from the i30 N Project C, a lighter version of the i30 N which Hyundai revealed last year. That car was fitted with 19-inch forged OZ racing wheels which appear similar to the ones used on Nikita's i30 N Fastback rendering. Nikita has done a good job adding to the i30 Fastback's facelift, which Hyundai unveiled in more subtle N Line trim with the standard hatch and a wagon (pictured below).
For now, the US market will have to make do with the Veloster N. Although it's a formidable hot hatchback with up to 275 hp when properly equipped, we'd love to see more challengers from Hyundai locally to put even more pressure on the likes of the Honda Civic Type R and the Volkswagen Golf GTI.
Already, Hyundai's i30 Fastback has proven popular with overseas buyers looking for a bit more style and exclusivity than the standard i30 hatchback, plus it's got an even more practical trunk. While Hyundai's portfolio of N models are far away from achieving the instant respect that 'GTI' or 'M' does, with more models like the i30 Fastback N, Hyundai's performance models could soon be challenging for top honors in their respective segments, and not just as offbeat alternatives to the established Germans.