Hyundai i-oniq Concept bows at Geneva Motor Show

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Hyundai's i-oniq concept car demonstrates the Korean automaker's "New Thinking, New Possibilities" approach to building cars and debuted at this month's Geneva Motor Show. With its expressive design and hybrid powertrain, the i-oniq concept is said to "present an impression of the company's future thinking."

The sports hatchback features an evolution of Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design theme and was designed and developed in Germany at Hyundai's European R&D centre.

"Two arched curves are the key theme behind i-oniq, creating a strong and playful contrast between sharp character lines and soft but muscular features," said Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre. "The profile lines of the front fender run from front to back, emphasizing i-oniq's coupe appearance, while offering maximum visibility to occupants."

At the front end, the i-oniq sports LED headlights and a large grille with the Hyundai badge located prominently above. The "penthouse roof" sweeps back to the very end of the vehicle therefore allowing more interior space for rear passengers and cargo. Lending to the sporty flair of the i-oniq concept are doors that open up and outward, not unlike some of today's exotic supercars.

Stepping inside the cabin reveals a sweeping dashboard and centre-console both angled toward the driver's seat. There are also several small blue display screens located in the instrument cluster and even on the steering wheel. Toward the rear of the cabin, the i-oniq concept has been designed to resemble a "cosy lounge area" with much the same styling and use of materials as the front of the cabin. In all the i-oniq concept offers seating for four occupants; two up front and two in the back.

While its styling is perhaps the main attraction, the i-oniq concept also comes equipped with an interesting extended-range electric hybrid powertrain: Motive power comes from a 109-horsepower electric motor with a lithium-ion battery pack. Under the hood, there's also a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder gasoline engine that generates 61 horsepower. The engine is mated to a 55 kW generator via a single ratio transmission, and can provide power to the electric motor when the battery pack is depleted.

The hybrid powertrain allows the i-oniq concept to reach a top speed of 145 km/h. With use of only electric power, the i-oniq concept can travel up to 120 km. Full use of its extended-range hybrid system allows the i-oniq to travel up to 700 km while emitting just 45 g/km of CO2.

Though its styling is perhaps too novel for production, the Hyundai i-oniq's powertrain is more plausible. Like several other concept cars at this year's Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai's i-oniq concept offers a glimpse into the very near future of the automotive industry.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Hatchback, Hyundai, 2012, i-oniq Concept,

Organizations: Hyundai

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