2011 Detroit Auto Show Preview: Hyundai Curb Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 6, 2011

Hyundai announced today that next week, at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show it will introduce the Curb Concept, a new CUV which will definitely take on the Nissan Juke. Although we only have two teaser photos, we have to admin that the car looks quite interesting, showing a stylish form of the classic SUVs but reduced to the dimensions of its segment.

The interior is maybe too much for a production version, but just as the Tucson/ix 35 it is expected to inspire the final version. For those who don’t know, Kia will also introduce a concept at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, the KV7 Concept.

The design of Hyundai Curb Concept begins with the glass spilling into the hood and then wrapping around the cowl and covering the A pillars – just like the face shield of a motorcycle helmet. Just underneath the glass are structural trusses, with glass panels implemented like a shield would.

Curb design manager John Krsteski remarked that the concept boasts of greater visibility even in dense urban areas thanks to the truss frame structure that goes up the pillars. The sides of the Hyundai Curb Concept are dominated by a boomerang trajectory body line that helps mesh the entire design together while boosting the vehicle’s strength.

Hyundai designer Arash Badeanlou remarked that a car has never sported such lines before. The sides of the Hyundai Curb Concept are accentuated by 22-inch five-spoke wheels wrapped in Michelin tires with a custom saffron colored tread pattern.

These 22-inch wheels feature spokes set into the tires, thereby creating a more pronounced profile. The doors feature a touchpad on which the driver and passenger just needs to drag across their fingers to open them and enter the vehicle. This is also true for the Curb Concept’s lighted clam shell rear hatch (for cargo) and the third rear access door (for passengers).

Additionally, the Curb Concept features thin, sleek headlamps and tail lamps diving inwards, making it seem that these lighting units are connected into the engine compartment or interior. During startup, the vehicle’s LED lights illuminate sequentially, starting from the outside rows.

Moreover, the Curb's badging lights up through the paint, thanks to a One-Way paint finish developed by Shamze Custom Coatings. While the exhaust vents serve their main purpose as part of the exhaust system, they could be popped out to reveal a bike rack on which the driver could park and ride a fixed gear bike. The roof of the vehicle also comes with pop-up roof rack towers.

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