Penned at the Korean automaker's California Design Center in Irvine, California, Hyundai
says the Nuvis hints at possible directions for its next-generation of eco-friendly crossover
vehicles. Also known as the HCD-11, this high-concept one-off showcases new visual approaches as well as advanced powertrain technologies. Hyundai's design chief, John Krsteski, says every exterior line in the Nuvis was meant to foster the illusion of constant motion. Beneath its large gullwing doors, a stylized interior features four seats covered in ecologically-friendly materials and linked by wireless technology. Power for the Nuvis comes from the latest strain of Hyundai's Blue Drive parallel hybrid
system that also will be used in the 2010 Sonata Hybrid
. Here, it matches an optimized version of Hyundai's direct-injected 2.4-liter Theta II four-cylinder gasoline engine with a 40-horse electric motor that makes 151 lb-ft of torque and is linked to an advanced lithium-polymer battery pack. In addition to a super-efficient six-speed automatic transmission, the Nuvis setup includes start/stop circuitry, regenerative braking, electric climate control plus numerous other weight- and friction-reducing tweaks.