The third-generation Hyundai i30 hit initial markets as recently as 2017 (after being unveiled late in 2016), but the Korean automaker has already seen fit to introduce a handful of updates to its C-segment hatchback.

It appears as though the mild refresh was prompted by the implementation of what Hyundai terms the “latest emission standards” (that is, the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure).

In fact, the update includes the introduction of Euro 6d Temp compliant engines for the i30 five-door hatchback, as well as the i30 Wagon, i30 Fastback and i30 N hot hatch.

For instance, a newly developed “Smartstream” 1,6-litre four-cylinder diesel engine is now offered in three outputs: 70 kW, 85 kW and 100 kW. In addition, the brand has equipped all diesel variants with exhaust fluid after-treatment systems designed to cut nitrogen oxide emissions.

At the same time, all petrol engines in the Hyundai i30 line-up (including that of the hot hatch) have been equipped with the WLTP-required petrol particulate filter.

Hyundai has also refreshed the exterior design the hatchback, handing it the new front bumper that debuted on the i30 Fastback. Furthermore, the automaker has updated the exterior colour range to include “Stellar Blue” and “Olivine Grey”. Inside, buyers can now opt for an eight-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system, which includes Android Auto and Apple Car Play.

Of course, this latest-generation i30 hatch has yet to make it to South Africa, although we understand that Hyundai Automotive SA is still keen (but battling to bring it in at the desired price thanks to the comparative weakness of the rand).