By Stewart Smith on 2017-09-12 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Hyundai's at home
with a hat-trick
HYUNDAI is showcasing its Europe-focused range of new offerings, the all-new i30 N, i30 Fastback, KONA sub-compact SUV, and its new-generation "Smart Stream" powertrain line-up at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
These new models are the latest milestones on Hyundai Motor's quest to become the number one Asian automotive brand in Europe by 2021.
The public debut at Frankfurt will be a homecoming for the three new models. The Korean brand has its European and German headquarters, design, technical and testing centres and its motorsport operations rooted in the region.
Also on show is the full IONIQ line-up with the hybrid, electric and plug-in hybrid version at what the Korean company reckons is its 'home' motor show. The IONIQ is the world's first car with three electric powertrains and is Hyundai Motor's contribution to a cleaner future and low-to-zero emission driving.
The i30 N is Hyundai's first high-performance car under the N line-up and is powered by a two-litre turbocharged engine available with two power outputs. The Standard Package engine delivers 250bhp, whereas the Performance Package engine's maximum power is boosted to 275bhp.
The 250bhp version reaches 62mph in just 6.4 seconds and the 275bhp in 6.1 seconds.
With the i30 Fastback, Hyundai is entering the compact market with a five-door coupe. The i30 Fastback has a strong stance and sporty, elongated lines. Power comes from two downsized turbocharged petrol engines carried over from the latest i30.
The all-new KONA is an SUV with a progressive design, premium features, accessible connectivity and the latest safety technologies.
It features a sleek, sharp design with full-LED twin headlamps, two-tone roof and a choice of ten distinctive exterior colours. This new SUV combines optional on-demand four-wheel drive, 7DCT and Hyundai's latest powertrains.
Also at the show is the i30 N TCR, Hyundai Motorsport's first project intended specifically for track racing which recently made its debut at the ADAC TCR Germany championship.
The i30 N TCR is designed to be sold to customers to compete in the growing number of national and international series where TCR-specification machinery is eligible.
It is powered by a two-litre turbocharged engine, connected to a six-speed gearbox operated by steering wheel mounted paddles. The 100-litre fuel tank in the car is equipped with an endurance refuelling kit, allowing customers to compete in both sprint and long distance events.
Hyundai Motor is also introducing "Smart Stream" - its new-generation powertrain line-up which features a 1.6-litre T-GDi engine which contributes to lower fuel consumption.
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