Paris Show Highlights: The Korean Hatchbacks are Ready to Attract You

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Beside crossover and SUV, hatchback is one of important segment in Europe. No wonder some manufactures choose European auto show to introduce its latest hatch to the people. And no exception for this year’s Paris Motor Show. And duo-South Korean carmaker, Hyundai and Kia using the biennially event to introduce the latest generation of i30 and Rio.

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Hyundai introduce the third generation of i30. Now the compact hatchback has 4,340 mm length, 1,795 mm width, 1,455 mm height, and 2,650 mm wheelbase. It means that the newest hatch is 40 mm longer, 15 mm wider, and 15 mm shorter than its previous generation. Designed in Europe, the new i30 comes up with more mature exterior design. Up front, there are boomerang-shaped headlights, trapezoidal grille with chrome accent, and vertical LED fog lights. Meanwhile at the rear, you can see the new taillights with brake lights are placed above turn signal lights and reverse lights, and the rear fog lights are placed above the rear bumper. Overall, the 2017 i30 looks more dynamic.

For the interior, Hyundai’s designers give us an all-new design. It looks more elegant, sportier, and more hi-tech.The cabin now is roomier than its predecessor, thanks to panoramic roof. When you sit inside the car you will see that New i30 has interesting features such as, 5-inch capacitive LCD with touchscreen (there’s an 8-inch optionally) which will display navigation, media, and connectivity features. Moreover it compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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The 5-door hatchback also packed with latest safety features, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking with Front Collision Warning System, Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping Assist System, Speed Limit Information Function and High Beam Assist. And Hyundai introduced newest its safety feature, Driver Attention Alert. It will monitor driving patterns, helping detect fatigue, preventing reckless driving, and preventing potential accident.

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Under the hood, Hyundai offers gasoline and diesel engines. There are 3 choices for petrol powertrain such as, 1.4-liter MPI producing 99 HP & 134 Nm of torque, followed by the 1.0-liter three-cylinder produces 118 HP and 170 Nm of torque. The range-topping petrol is also a Hyundai-first: 1.4-liter T-GDI turbocharged four-cylinder, producing 140 PS and 242 Nm of torque.

Meanwhile for the diesel, 1.6-liter which has three outputs 94 HP & 280 Nm of torque, 108 HP & 280 Nm of torque and 134 HP with up to 300 Nm of torque. The 1.4 MPI, 1.0 T-GDi, and entry-level diesel are available exclusively with a 6-speed manual gearbox, while the 1.4 T-GDi and the two range-topping diesels can be paired, optionally, to a 7-speed DCT.

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From small hatchback segment, Kia unveiled the newest generation of Rio. The fourth generation is the result of collaboration among Kia Design Center in South Korea, California, and Germany. Now all-new Rio comes up with more mature (but less attractive) exterior design.

Up front, we can see sharper headlights design that features bi-function projection headlamps and U-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights. And at the rear, Kia’s designers put boomerang-shaped LED taillights. The 5-door hatch has 4,065 mm length, 1,725 mm width, 1,450 mm height, and 2,580 mm wheelbase.

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Inside, you will see a more modern interior design, more ergonomic, and roomier than its predecessor. Straight lines flowing through the dashboard giving wide appearance. At the center cockpit, there’s a ‘floating’ HMI (Human-Machine Interface) which will display audio, navigation, and new connectivity systems with high-resolution touchscreen.

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Paris – Mondial de l’automobile 2016 / Illustrations / Stand KIA

Under the hood, the South Korea carmaker offers gasoline and diesel engines for European market. First, is 1.0 liter 3-cylinder turbocharged which has 98 hp and 118 hp outputs, 1.25 liter naturally-aspirated producing 82 hp and 90 hp, and 1.4 liter turbo diesel that has 69 hp and 88 hp.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Hyundai, Kia, & Paris Motor Show

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