Geneva Motor Show 2012: Hyundai i-oniq EV An Eye Pleaser

Hyundai, like other auto manufacturers, like to put a little sexy behind concept car designs. We’ve seen that from this car company over the years via the i-Flow diesel hybrid and Blue-Will plug-in hybrid designs. Now, with Geneva Auto Show 2012 upon us, they present the i-oniq.

The Hyundai i-oniq, according to the auto maker, is envisioned as an electric sports hatchback that demonstrates Hyundai’s “fluidic sculpture design language.” The vehicle is powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine generating a maximum of 45 kW, mated to an 80 kW lithium-ion electric motor which is powered by a 55 kW generator, via a single ratio gearbox.

Hyundai i-oniq - image via Hyundai

If this was a real car, in electric-only mode, it reportedly would be able to 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 just around 90 MPH.

Hyundai has built into this concept, on the exterior, what it calls a “penthouse roof,” which “ensures great space for rear passengers and contributes to the overall dynamic appearance.” The doors of the car open up to the side, with weight-optimization and seat kinematics making entering the front and rear seats an easier task.

Hyundai i-oniq (doors open) - image via Hyundai

Stepping inside the i-oniq, it is fitted with a driver-oriented cabin, with the dashboard and centre-console geometry based around the driver. Technologies inside include 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, meanwhile, is described as a “cozy lounge area,” making use of luxurious interior materials, as well as futuristic interface components. Probably the only thing missing at this point from said lounge is a wet bar.

Like other concepts, an actual production model of this vehicle will never likely see the light of day.

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