The Geneva Motor Show is quite generous in reveals this year, considering the trend of the automotive industry. Hyundai has just presented its new i-Flow Concept on the catwalk, continuing the company's statement of developing a the fluidic design.
The new lines give an elegant avant-garde look, helping in the same time in reducing the CO2 emissions to 85g/km and improving its aerodynamics.
In collaboration with chemical company BASF, Hyundai produced its first eco-friendly diesel hybrid powertrain, using high-technologies and next-generation materials.
The new i-Flow combines perfectly the concept of a little-big car, as it shows a sporty looks but also provides quite enough space due to the use of a minimalistic design for the seats and center console.
The high-tech engine presents the new 1.7-litre engine fitted with 2-stage turbocharging connected to a Lithium Ion-Polymer battery for a more efficient consumption, especially when driven i-flow's six-speed, dual-clutch transmission.
i-Flow technology is a test bed for new energy harvesting ideas, ranging from flexible solar panel roofing to a thermo-electric generator which uses exhaust heat to produce power.
HED-7 is the seventh in a line of bold concept cars to come from the styling studio in Russelsheim. With regards to the design concept of this i-flow, Hyundai Motor Europe Chief Designer Thomas Buerkle shared that the initial impression one gets from this i-flow Concept is that while it may have feminine sculptural layers, when combined with the athletic proportions, it results in a striking look.
The peak of the roof has an orientation that is rear-oriented and with the unique main volume, we get a newer interpretation of the sedan. The Hyundai i-flow Concept has unique proportions which complement the short front overhang and long tail, Buerkle continued.
These features were included and inspired by the need to be more aerodynamic, he added. The active aero elements include the rocker blade on the side and its adaptive front spoiler, enhancing its sportiness. The light elements on its front and rear are sophisticated and are protected like precious jewels in the vehicle’s flowing planes.
Rounding off the features of the front is Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille. Buerkle shared that the i-flow Concept continues to focus on aerodynamics and has agility. These are strengthened by the glass roof which carries the dye-sensitive semi-transparent solar cells that connect the screens on the front and rear resulting in a basic design unit.
The roof combines with the door to create a unified shell that undercuts the floating C-pillar, thereby producing an aerodynamic cover. All of these refined and bold features match the overall appearance of the vehicle to finish the design statement that moves the brand’s fluidic sculpture philosophy forward.