2012 Hyundai i-oniq concept.
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Measuring in at over 14 feet long, the Hyundai i-oniq concept is an electric sport hatchback with a range-extending gasoline engine.
An evolution of the company's signature design language, Fluidic Sculpture, the profile lines of the front fender run from front to back, emphasizing i-oniq's coupé appearance, while offering maximum visibility to occupants.
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 and make entering the car's front and rear seats simple.
Fittingly for a sporty hatchback, the instrument panel and center-console geometry are based around the driver. The rear cabin area has been designed as a “cozy lounge area” to ensure maximum occupant comfort, creating a positive contrast to the driver/sports-oriented front area.
Exterior design: inspiration and evolution.
The 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 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 power train.
The 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 CO2emissions. The concept can reach a top speed of 145 km/h.
• Engine: 1,0-litre, 3-cylinder gasoline engine (45 kW)
• Motor: 80 kW
• Power output: 80 kW (109 ps)
• Wheelbase: 2.650 mm
• Overall length: 4.432 mm
• Overall width: 1.916 mm
• Overall height: 1.400 mm
• Tires: Dunlop
• CO2: 45 g/km
• Steering wheel: Touch sensor with motion-control system
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