The new design has evolved into a far more aggressive and sporty package than before, and is possibly the best rendition of 'Fluidic Sculpture' yet. Up front there's nothing you haven't seen before - Hyundai's hexagonal grille, new headlights (Elantra, anyone?) and LED daytime running lights.
What's more interesting is the details. Strong creases on the bonnet and a more pronounced shoulder line make the previous generation look bulbous in comparison. Gone are the c-pillar tail lights, replaced by generic wraparounds units. It all adds up in making the new i30 far more focussed and accomplished.
The interior, too, has been updated. While few details have been revealed, you can be sure that high quality materials abound and nearly everything is tactile.
While powertrain options are yet to be confirmed you can be sure there'll be improved efficiency across the range, along with slight power increases. If recent Koreans are anything to go by, Hyundai's biggest model yet should also be one of the most satisfying to drive.