Hyundai has released more info of the stunning concept car that previews its next Tucson.
The ix-onic concept, which will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show, will become the Korean carmaker’s small SUV fighter. The production version will go on sale in 2010 and Hyundai will ditch the Tucson name and badge its VW Tiguan rival as the ix35.
Designed in Russelsheim, Germany, the ix-onic is described as an “urban nomad”, and “inspired by multi-cultural personalities of cities like Berlin, Paris and London.”
Finished in a high-tech high-contrast paint, the ix-onic shows off a new hexagonal grille design and LED daytime running lamps, set to feature on other upcoming Hyundai production cars.
The car sits on 21" polished alloy wheels, and has unusual wedge-shaped side sills with aluminium trim, dual aluminium exhaust tailpipes and a curved, 3D Lexan plastic rear windscreen.
In our opinion it looks like a Ford Fiesta on steroids.
Under the bonnet is a 130kW turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engine (badged GDi), with stop-start system and a six-speed automated-manual gearbox.
The ix-onic will emit just 149g/km of carbon dioxide.