Hyundai is preparing to introduce yet another new model to its growing lineup and this time the car in question is an MPV (multi purpose vehicle). Built for the European market, a prototype has been spied testing in the Swiss Alps. The new MPV is expected to be based on the HED-5 i-Mode concept that debuted at the 2008 Geneva Auto Show.
Based on the same platform as the i30 (the Elantra Touring here in North America), the new MPV is designed as a five-seater with two extra seats in the trunk areas for occasional use. Power is expected to come from either a 1.7-liter diesel or a new 1.6-liter direct-injection gasoline engine, slated to debut in the upcoming Veloster. Styling will mimic Hyundai’s new fluidic design language.
Designed to compete against the Ford C-Max in Europe, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Hyundai deliver a stretched version of this vehicle in the coming years for the U.S. market. After all, Ford is about ready to do just that with its Grand C-Max, while Mazda already owns that segment with the Mazda5.