Hyundai i-oniq concept vehicle revealed, reflects company’s future thinking

Article by Christian A., on March 1, 2012

The first image of the new i-oniq concept vehicle from Hyundai has been released, revealing new design and technology which reflects the automaker's future thinking. The concept car is an electric sports hatchback fitted with a range-extending petrol engine. This concept vehicle progresses the automaker's fluidic sculpture form language and symbolizes bold 'New Possibilities' with its innovative powertrain. 

The stylists at Hyundai selected dynamic proportions in order to develop the functional and aesthetic of the i-oniq's body shape.  The design integrates muscular surface treatment and gentle feature lines, suggesting both sporty and premium qualities obvious inside and outside the vehicle.  Other design elements like the LED headlights and the 'penthouse roof' highlight the advanced technology and efficiency within the i-oniq concept.

With its length of 4.4 meters, four people can sit inside the driver-oriented cabin of the i-oniq. The driver interface and controls are fitted with high-tech equipment, reflecting modern and future premium consumer electronics technology.

The passengers can enjoy the lounge-style space, which is designed to optimize comfort. The interior features sculpted surfaces, which takes inspiration from musical instruments to develop a positive contrast with the sporty theme of the driver area. 

The i-oniq concept vehicle has a ground-breaking engine that reflects the commitment of Hyundai to clean technology. A 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder petrol engine is matched to a lithium ion electric motor, which delivers 109 ps, through a generator. In electric-only mode, the i-oniq vehicle can reach 120 km. It can reach 700 km with the assistance of the petrol engine, emitting only 45 g/km of carbon dioxide in the process.

Exterior Design

The fluidic elegance of the exterior of the Hyundai i-oniq concept car represents a further evolution of the South Korean carmaker’s signature design language. This elegance of the Hyundai i-oniq starts from its dynamic proportions, which became the basis for the concept’s beautiful and aesthetic form.

According to Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre, the key theme for the i-oniq concept is its two arched curves that create a strong and playful contrast between its sharp character lines and its muscular features. He added that the i-oniq's coupé appearance is highlighted by profile lines running from the front fender to the rear, an element that also provides optimal passenger visibility.

Hyundai i-oniq concept is also marked by its 'penthouse roof' that helps ensure the car’s dynamic looks while making the interior roomier for those who sit in the rear cabin.

The concept has a weight-optimized door – which opens up to the side – as well as seat kinematics that makes it easier for passengers to enter or exit from the vehicle. Moreover, the Hyundai i-oniq concept is fitted with LED headlights complemented by day-time running light accommodated inside a distinctly shaped polished aluminum frame.

Interior Design

Inside, the new Hyundai i-oniq concept features a driver-oriented cockpit, with the positioning and layout of the dashboard and center-console focused towards the pilot.

Moreover, the cabin has an instrument cluster with multi-layered projection and a steering wheel with integrated movement control, as well as a large background display for navigation and entertainment.

Press Release

Hyundai i-oniq Concept

Hyundai has unveiled its latest European concept car, named i-oniq, at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, showcasing new technology and design which present an impression of the company's future thinking.

The 4,4 meters long Hyundai i-oniq is an electric sports hatchback with a range-extending petrol engine. Intended to convey the latest thinking from Hyundai's designers and engineers, the i-oniq evolves the company's fluidic sculpture form language and represents bold 'New Possibilities' with its futuristic powertrain.

Exterior design: inspiration and evolution

The Hyundai i-oniq concept car, designed and developed at Hyundai's European R&D centre in Germany, is an evolution of the company's signature design language, fluidic sculpture.

Hyundai designers chose dynamic proportions to create i-oniq's aesthetic and functional body shape. Its design combines gentle feature lines and muscular surface treatment, conveying premium and athletic qualities evident in both the exterior and interior of the car.

Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre, commented, "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. The profile lines of the front fender run from front to back, emphasising i-oniq's coupé appearance, while offering maximum visibility to occupants."

Further design elements, such as the 'penthouse roof' and LED headlights, emphasise the advanced technology encased within i-oniq.

The roof is a unique design solution that ensures great space for rear passengers and contributes to the overall dynamic appearance. The car's doors open up to the side: innovative, weight-optimized door and seat kinematics make entering the car's front and rear seats a simple manoeuvre.

The headlights emphasise the advanced technology of Hyundai i-oniq. A uniquely-shaped polished aluminium frame houses the day-time running light and forms a unique signature light element.

Futuristic interior and complete connectivity

Fittingly for a sporty hatchback, the cabin layout is driver-oriented, with the dashboard and centre-console geometry based around the driver. The user-interface components reflect contemporary and future consumer electronics technology such as movement control mounted on the steering wheel, floating instrument cluster with multi-layered projection, and a large background display for navigation, entertainment and other information.

The rear cabin area has been designed as a 'cosy lounge area' to ensure maximum occupant comfort, creating a positive contrast to the sports-orientated front area. Use of luxurious interior materials, as well as futuristic interface components, further expresses the evolution of fluidic sculpture within the car.

Electric vehicle with extended range powertrain

The Hyundai i-oniq is powered by an innovative 1,0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine generating a maximum of 45 kW (61 ps). This unit is mated to an 80 kW (109 ps) lithium-ion electric motor which is powered by a 55 kW generator, via a single ratio gearbox.

In electric-only mode, i-oniq can travel 120 km (74 miles) and up to 700 km (435 miles) with the assistance on the petrol engine, emitting only 45 g/km of CO2 emissions. The concept can reach a top speed of 145 km/h.

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