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2006-12-04 08:02

The Hyundai Hellion concept

Korean carmaker Hyundai unveiled its unusual Hellion concept at the Los Angeles Motor Show, saying the compact three-door crossover is a car that brings "a new attitude to the Hyundai family."

According to Hyundai the Hellion was inspired by a "tough, hard-shell backpack that uses ribs to provide structural and visual strength."

These ribs connect to a suspended "surfboard-shaped spine." Features include a removable canvas sliding soft top.

The all-wheel-drive Hellion is powered by a 175kW 3-litre common-rail diesel engine linked to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Other unique touches include seat-mounted gear packs that transform into fully functional backpacks via push-button releases. The bucket seats have a "hydration system" that includes a removable, refillable reservoir inside each seat to replace the "common" cupholder.

The fluids are accessed by a pump-assisted flow tube attached to each seat, providing passengers with "hands-free" hydration.


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