Its “fluidic sculpture” design theme is only two years old, and has only just been employed across Hyundai’s model range.
By the Korean automaker’s accelerated timetable, it’s time for a change, then.
The next evolution of its fluidic sculpture design appears on the new i-oniq concept, revealed ahead of its official world debut next week at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
However, it’s not just about new design. The i-oniq is an electric sports hatchback with a range-extending gasoline engine, intended to convey the latest thinking from Hyundai’s designers and engineers in the area of futuristic powertrains.
The drivetrain consists of an electric motor rated at 107 horsepower and powered by a lithium-ion battery. Acting as the range-extender is a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine. Hyundai says the i-oniq has an electric-only driving range of about 75 miles but with the aid of the gas engine this expands to 435 miles.
The design combines gentle feature lines and muscular surface treatment, conveying both premium and sporty qualities. Key elements include the stepped roof and LED headlights, which are designed to emphasize the efficiency and advanced technology encased within the concept.
At 14.4 feet in length, the i-oniq has space for four occupants in its driver-oriented cabin. High-tech equipment in the driver interface and controls also preview some of the technological upgrades Hyundai plans for its future cars.
Stay tuned for the i-oniq’s official debut next week and remember to follow our dedicated show page for all the latest updates from Geneva.