Spy Shots: Hyundai HED-5-Based MPV

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Hyundai is working on a new mid-sized MPV to take on the likes of the Volkswagen Touran and recently revealed Opel Meriva, and today we have new spy shots of a prototype. Hyundai announced the HED-5 Concept-based car will be coming to the U.S. back at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, and it's now expected to start production by the end of the year, though its U.S. debut may wait until 2011. 

Compared to the original HED-5 concept, the production car is toned down a lot but still has some of the key design elements, like the swooping A-pillar and aggressive, forward-leaning stance that's not common in the MPV field. Some of the spy shots even show us a glimpse of the undisguised interior.

This particular prototype is powered by a 1.7-liter turbodiesel engine with 115 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque on tap, though a more powerful 2.0-liter unit with 136 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque is also expected to be offered. In U.S. guise it's expected to get Hyundai's new 2.0-liter Theta II direct-injection four-cylinder engine.

As Hyundai announced at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, the company will also install its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with state-of-the-art Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) that improves efficiency and reduces emissions in the new model. The HED-5 concept and the new powerplant have been green lighted for the U.S. market.

The South Korean automaker also has bigger plans for the U.S. First seen testing back in 2008, Hyundai is working on a new Portico seven-seat MPV that’s set to go on sale after the smaller HED-5 based model.

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  1. Wish we could get some of those diesels in the States.

  2. It looks like a big MPV in the same class as Grandis, Estima, Alphard, or Odyssey. Dun forget to include a reverse sensor as std, n an extra mirror which can reflect view of the MPV’s bumper, like ones in most SUVs I think…n some MPVs I think.ust because practical cars like the Mazda5, Opel Zafira, and hatchbacks are popular in the states (we prefer vehicles 1600 pounds heavier to move the same number of people), it doesn't mean that people in other countries wouldn't like this practical alternative.

  3. it's about Zafira size. Have a look at various articles in this archive about this vehicle. It's the i30 MPV, based on the HED_5 concept.

  4. Guys, in US Guise= Next Gen Elantra Touring. Remember, Elantra Sedan is getting replaced this year as a 11 MY car. They have to replace the Touring too. The Wagon shape of Elantra Toring was very inapprpriate for the US market. Hyundai wants the next gen Version to be a crossover/hatch/mpv typed product. Like a Toyota Matrix or a Merc B-class typed product in the US Market. A Zafira in the Euro market.

  5. NOT going to happen here in the US with DIESEL engine, I have driven the DIESEL engines in Dominican Republic and they are exceptional But liveing next door in Puerto Rico since WE ARE a commonwealth we cannot get them! I'd be surprised if it passes the Cali SMOG BS!! They should ask VWOA how have they managed to get their DIESELS to stay. I in fact want a DIESEL engine but I am awaiting the X1 to come out. But if Hyunday comes out with one your best bet Im jumping on the Bandwagon

  6. Guys, it´s two different prototypes on the pictures. The winter pics show a MPV that´s as big as a VW Touran, and the new pics from the Nurburgring show a car that´s much smaller. It´s based on the Kia Venga (as you can the on the exact same windowline) and just has a different front and tail!

  7. While the Elantra Touring is not a hit in the USA, it is a hit in Canada. The the i30 is a smash hit in the UK and Australia (and a minor hit in Germany and the Czech Rep). If this vehicle replaces the Touring in North America, fine. But the rest of the world will not only get this new car, but keep the i30 as well. The i30 is Hyundai's most acclaimed car globally to date.

  8. Even with the camouflage on I do think this car is from Hyundai's sister company - Kia Venga., well some of the pictures anyway ( if you look closely at the front side mirror extensions of the day shots which are from Kia and night shots from Hyundai )
    The cabin though is Hyundai's.

  9. You must have changed the pics, becuase the last pics that were here was the HED-5 based MPV. This isnt. These pics are the i20/Venga based MPV, or im20. If this is i20 MPV its not coming to the US.
    However, there will be an i25 based MPV too, which will be based off ix-metro, but of course cleaned up for the 2012 MY. What's an i25 you may ask? i25=Euro Spec Next Gen Accent Sedan. No word on whether Hyundai will badge i25 MPV as US Accent Hatch, or Veloster as US Accent hatch. but both i25MPV and Veloster will be on the Accent/i20 Platform.

  10. i25/Accent i35/Elantra i45/Sonata will be Hyundai's Global cars as they will be given names in US China and Korea, and Alpha numeric designation everywhere else. i20, i30, i40=for every market except US, Canada, China, and Korea.
    Trust me, the i30 Hatch believe it or not is 1.55 inches shorter than US Accent Sedan. i30 is too small for our market. The porky i30 CW was the right size, but not the right body style. The i20 5 door Hatch, is a hair smaller than Accent 3 door.

  11. Ill Explain to you guys better about the difference between this and the spyshos based on the HED-5.
    1. The HED-5 concept has a more dramatic A Pillar. Its much larger.
    2. This is shorter than the HED-5 Concept by quite a few inches.
    This slots below Accent Crossover=ix25. HED-5 is a Next Gen Elantra Touring.

  12. Agree with HyundaiSmoke. These are now different pictures,a nd clearly of a smaller, Kia Venga-size car.

  13. On 15 April MaxHeadroomm said above:
    " Guys, it´s two different prototypes on the pictures. The winter pics show a MPV that´s as big as a VW Touran, and the new pics from the Nurburgring show a car that´s much smaller. "
    The "winter" pics have now been moved further along in the gallery so one doesn't see them without scrolling. Unfortunately, those winter pics were probably the original shots of the HED-5, winter-testing in Scnadinavia/Germany, which have been around since Jan-Feb 2010. These shots which show up now are more recent and of the iM20 car - call it LaVita, Matrix, i20 MPV, Kia Venga cousin or whatever. So the article and headline is now irrelevant to the pics that one sees! Please fix this, Viknesh.

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