Hyundai i-oniq Concept - 2012 Geneva Auto Show




An electric sports hatchback with a range-extending gasoline engine, the Hyundai i-oniq Concept was created to showcase the automaker's "New Thinking, New Possibilities" approach to future styling and powertrain technology. Penned at Hyundai's European R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, it represents one potential evolutionary path for the company's signature "Fluidic Sculpture" design language. Beyond its mission to seamlessly meld both premium and sporty visual elements, the i-oniq Concept's super-efficient drivetrain sets the stage for a move beyond today's conventional hybrid alternative.

An impressive mix of edge and contour, the Hyundai i-oniq Concept's sweeping exterior lines and steeply raked windshield blur the differentiation between coupe and hatch configurations. In addition to its distinctively rendered LED headlights/taillamps and unique alloy wheels that add more appeal to its curbside presence, the i-oniq Concept's panoramic "penthouse roof" ensures generous headroom for the rear-seat passengers. Access/egress for this Hyundai one-off is eased by doors that swing up and to the side while the transparent elements in both the roof and doors is actually photosensitive polycarbonate material that automatically darkens in response to increased light.

Inside, the i-oniq Concept also pushes conventional thinking, with the front cabin displaying a more sporting focus and the aft quarters featuring a more lounge-like ambiance. The driver-oriented dash incorporates a "floating" acrylic instrument cluster with multi-layered projection and a selection of user-friendly displays, including a small touch-screen that's part of the multifunction steering wheel and a larger central unit that handles various other navigation/infotainment duties. Beyond generously scaled accommodations, those in the rear seats will be able to amuse themselves by taking advantage of what Hyundai refers to as a selection of "futuristic interface components."

Beneath its hood, the Hyundai i-oniq Concept is fitted with a 108-horsepower electric motor that draws its primary energy from a lithium-ion battery pack but is also coupled to a 1.0-liter/three-cylinder gasoline range-extender that can generate e-power on the fly. In pure EV mode, Hyundai says this striking four-passenger hatchback can travel up to 75 miles on a single charge and carry on for an additional 360 miles after its range-extender engine kicks in. Top speed of the i-oniq Concept is 90 mph.

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