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.

The 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.

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