The Korean automaker Hyundai has introduced this month at the Geneva Motor Show the i-oniq concept which is an electric sports hatchback that comes with a range-extending gasoline engine and has been developed in order to showcase the company’s new design thinking and technology.
The vehicle is motivated by a 3-cylinder, 1.0-liter gasoline engine linked via a generator to a lithium-ion electric motor that pumps out 108 hp. When driving the car in electric mode, it should be able offer a range of up to 75 miles (120 km) while with the gasoline engine this range is extended up to 435 miles (700 km). This Hyundai i-oniq has CO2 emissions standing at 45 g/km.
The concept measures 4.4 meters long and it is an evolution of the company’s fluidic sculpture design, featuring LED headlights and a “penthouse roof”. The vehicle is able to seat four people in a driver-focused cabin where there are high-tech controls and a modern interface. The car’s passengers can take advantage of the lounge-style space that has sculpted surfaces which have been inspired by musical instruments.
The Hyundai i-oniq has been designed and developed at the company’s European research & development center located in Russelsheim, Germany.