Hyundai i30 Launch - South Africa (part 1 of 2)
Recently I was in Cape Town, South Africa to witness the launching of Hyundai’s new generation hatchback, the i30. It is my first ever trip to cover a motoring event, so excited is quite an understatement to describe my feelings. Anyway, myself with two other local journalist were flown 10K+ kilometers to Cape Town courtesy of Setia Motors Sdn Bhd who are our local Hyundai sole distributor. With us were also three other members from Setia Motors to keep us company.
The journey took us about a day but thank god we flew on Emirates Airways so it was quite a good one. We landed at the end of day and was greeted with the cold winter weather of South Africa. We were then driven to Le Franschhoek Hotel which is an hour away from Cape Town and where the launch will be held.
The launch was attended by about 20 other journalist from Asia. The event started with a welcoming remark by Mr Jang Ho Lee, from Hyundai Africa regional HQ who gave a brief history about the i30. Then Chief Designer Mr Thomas Buerkle from Hyundai European Design Center explained the tech and design that evolved into the new generation of Hyundai i30.
Ok I confess, I’m not an expert about car specs and engineering and whatnot, but below are details about what’s under the booth for you car buffs.
The 1.8 Nu MPI engine
The 1.8-litre Nu Multipoint Fuel-Injected (MPI) four-cylinder petrol engine is capable of up to 110 kW at 6 500 r/min. while producing 178 Nm peak torque at 4 700 r/min. when pushed to the limit.
The Nu engine has an aluminium block with a cast iron cylinder liner, cylinder head and crank. This unique configuration results in a block that is 30% lighter than an iron block – shedding 33,6 kg off the entire engine weight – while still providing comparable strength.
The 1,8-litre Nu uses Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) camshafts and hydraulic engine mounts for optimum power, efficiency and refinement.
In the valve train, roller swing arms and Hydraulic Lash Adjusters (HLA) reduce valve driven friction to improve fuel economy by 1% compared with direct valve driving. The Nu engine also features a maintenance-free silent timing chain system to enhance durability and to reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).
A plastic two-stage Variable Induction System (VIS) enables switching between long and short intake manifolds, resulting in increased performance across the board. These innovations result in a 4% improvement in performance, a 15% reduction in cost and 30% reduction in weight, when compared with aluminium.
The Nu four-cylinder engine also has an offset crankshaft design that reduces friction between the piston and cylinder wall for a 1% improvement in fuel economy.
Got that? No? Well, what you need to know is that although the i30 comes in a 1.6-litre option, Setia Motors will only be bringing in the 1.8-litre 6 Speed Auto version which is a good move, why bring in a lower range right? Prices are yet to be confirmed but it could be around B$26k-29k for standard. The Premium spec could reach 30k-ish, which should look like the blue one below with the sexy moon-roof.
The interior above looks good too right? This new i30 much more spacier then it’s predecessor and boast more safety features such as 7 airbags. I have no doubt that the i30 can be the top selling hatchback in Brunei when it hits the market this August. Stay tuned to this page, I’ll update it again as soon as it’s available here.
Check out the Hyundai’s official website of the i30.
To be continued..