Hyundai unveils i-oniq concept vehicle at 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 7, 2012

Hyundai has revealed the i-oniq, its newest European concept vehicle, at this year's Geneva Motor Show. This 4.4-meter long concept car boasts of new innovations and designs that showcase an interpretation of the automaker's future thinking. The electric sports hatchback comes with a range-extending petrol engine.

The i-oniq is a development of the automaker's fluidic sculpture form language and symbolizes daring 'New Possibilities' with its revolutionary powertrain. The i-oniq concept car has been designed and created at the European R&D centre of Hyundai in Germany. It features a progress of the automaker's signature design language and fluidic sculpture.

The designers of Hyundai selected dynamic proportions to develop the functional and aesthetic body shape of i-oniq. Its design merges muscular surface treatment and gentle feature lines, expressing athletic and premium qualities evident inside and outside of the vehicle.

One of the innovative design elements, which highlight the advanced technology in the i-oniq, is the 'penthouse roof' -- with a unique design that provides generous space for the passengers at the back and adds to the general dynamic appeal. The vehicle's doors open up to the side. Entering the automobile's seats becomes a convenient task, thanks to the inventive, weight-optimized seat and door kinematics.

LED headlights also underline the innovative technology that comes with the i-oniq. A polished aluminum frame in a one-of-a-kind design encases the day-time running light and creates a unique signature light element. An innovative 3-cylinder, 1.0-liter, petrol engine runs the i-oniq.

This powerplant produces a maximum of 45 kW (61 ps). It is matched with an 80 kW (109 ps) lithium-ion electric motor powered by a 55 kW generator through a single ratio gearbox. The i-oniq can run 120 km (74 miles) in electric-only mode and at most 700 km (435 miles) with the aid of the petrol engine. The concept vehicle can achieve a top speed of 145 km/h. It emits just 45 g/km of CO2.

As a sporty hatchback, it comes as no surprise that the Hyundai Ioniq has a cabin that has been configured to be focused on the driver. This is why both the geometry of the center console and the dashboard has been built with the driver in mind. The different user-interface features show a more modern, and even futuristic, electronics technology.

This includes the large background display that shows entertainment, navigation, as well as other important information. Then there is the floating instrument cluster that has a multi-layered projection and the movement control which has been mounted on the Ioniq’s steering wheel.

With the cabin focusing on the driver, the rear area is styled in a way that gives it the feel of a cozy lounge area. This results in the occupants experiencing maximum comfort and thus is a contrast to the front section with its sports oriented design.

Highlighting even further that the vehicle’s fluidic sculpture has evolved are the different advanced interface parts and the luxurious materials used on the interior. On the exterior, the headlights put focus on the fact that the Ioniq makes use of futuristic technology. Its daytime running light is framed in a unique shape which in turn is composed of polished aluminum. This configuration also gives it that distinct light element.

The design implemented on the roof is distinct as well and this is why the Ioniq allows for greater space for passengers in the rear. It even helps with the overall dynamic look of the vehicle. Another unique feature is the doors that open to the side. The door is truly a good example of innovation with its weight optimized. With the kinematics of the seat, entering the front and the rear of the Ioniq becomes simple and efficient.

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