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Hyundai releases new i30 inspired by high-performance brand 'N'

By Park Sae-jin Posted : October 24, 2018, 16:16 Updated : October 24, 2018, 16:23

[Courtesy of Hyundai Motor]

SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor released "i30 N Line", an upgraded version of its compact hatchback i30. It was inspired by the carmaker's high-performance N brand and bears an aggressive and dynamic look.

Hyundai introduced N, the sub-division for high-performance vehicles in 2015, in an effort to compete with top-class foreign brands such as AMG of Mercedes Benz and BMW's M. Hyundai's high-performance vehicles -- i30 N and Veloster N -- were released in 2017 and 2018.

The carmaker said in a statement Wednesday that its i30 N Line shares some exterior parts with i30 N. It increased the size of brake discs and adjusted suspension settings to gain stability. "The N line is positioned between a basic model and the high-performance N model," a Hyundai official was quoted as saying. 
Hyundai's i30 N Line features a 1.6-liter turbo gasoline engine with an exclusive mesh-shaped radiator grill and comes with a price tag of 23.8 million won ($21,030), which is similar to that of the highest trim of Hyundai's normal i30 hatchback.

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