With their latest concept, Hyundai is showcasing its future thinking in terms of both design and new technology.
This is the first image of Hyundai's new concept, showcasing the automaker's evolution of its 'fluidic sculpture' design theme, which has only just been employed across the range, and its future thinking in regards to new technology. The Hyunida i-oniq is an electric sports hatchback fitted with a range-extending 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder gasoline engine, which is intended to convey the latest thinking from the company's designers and engineers.
This is mated via a generator to a lithium-ion electric motor producing 107hp. In electric-only mode it has a range of about 75 miles, and when assisted by the gasoline engine it can travel up to 440 miles producing just 45g/km of CO2 in the process. Key elements of the design, which features gentle lines and muscular surface treatment to convey premium and sporty qualities, are a penthouse roof and LED headlights emphasizing the i-oniq's efficiency and advanced technology. Four occupants can sit comfortably in the 4.4-meter long i-oniq that has a driver-orientated cabin.
Hyundai's future premium consumer electronics technology is showcased in the driver interface and controls, while sculpted surfaces are inspired by musical instruments. Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, Allan Rushforth, commented, "The i-oniq concept has been created to reflect the new thinking that runs through the Hyundai brand. It has a bold design, inside and out, that provokes contemplation on the future of automotive possibilities, and a powertrain that highlights one of the ways in which we could power future products - wrapped in a package that exudes premium qualities."
Hyundai are bringing the i-oniq Concept to the Geneva Motor Show next week, so check back for live shots and more details then.