Hyundai is set to unveil its next generation i30 at the Frankfurt motor show next month.
In a design preview of the latest model - which will succeed the original launched in 2007 - the carmaker highlighted major styling changes.
The new i30 gets a hexagonal front grille and distinct "shoulders" above the front wheel arches.
Although technical specifications of the car have yet to be released, improvements from the older model in terms of efficiency and emissions are likely.
One of the i30 variants may be positioned in the road tax-free band of cars with CO2 emissions lower than 100g/km.
"The new generation is a real leap. The model line-up is moving forward emotionally and technically," said Hyundai Europe president Chang Kyung Han.
The new i30 will lead the line-up of upgraded models Hyundai plans to introduce within the next one-and-a-half years. It is expected to arrive in showrooms in early 2012.
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