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Hyundai gave us a preview of its future product plans today with the debut of the Hexa Space MPV Concept at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. Targeting young urban families in emerging markets, the Hexa Space MPV Concept can morph into several different roles depending on the owner’s needs.
In an attempt to reinvent how interior space is utilized, Hyundai designed eight hexagonally-shaped seats that go together like pieces of a puzzle. This allows the vehicle to maximize interior space while helping reduce overall width to the vehicle. Narrower cars are important in crowded urban areas such as the streets of India and even in Europe.
The center seat in each row can be folded completely flat while the second row can also fold flat to create a limousine-like seating. For additional cargo space, the back row can also fold flat. Those looking to only travel with two, can fold all eight seats for camping, or just seven for heavy loading. To allow for easy loading, Hyundai developed an innovative rear sliding door that opens out and back, giving the Hexa Space MPV a pillar-less entry way.
The Hexa Space is based on Hyundai’s compact ix20 and is powered by a 1.2L turbocharged GDI engine with a six-speed transmission. Hyundai also showed off a ton of new technology features in the interior with a touchscreen center console, push-button shifter and a cluster ionizer air purifier.
GALLERY: Hyundai Hexa Space MPV Concept
As we anticipated, DC Design has unveiled India’s first supercar at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. Dubbed Avanti after Studebaker Avanti in the Tintin comics, the supercar may be affordable but doesn’t exactly meet what we’d consider supercar standards.
It may at the very least look the part of being an exotic supercar, but the performance leaves a lot to be desired. In order to keep it affordable at around $56,000, DC Design’s Avanti will initially come with Ford’s four-cylinder, turbocharged powerplant with a mere 265-hp. They still anticipate to build a model with a 400-hp turbocharged Honda V6 engine but pricing for that model hasn’t been announced or estimated. Both engines are mated to a six-speed, dual-clutch transmission.
The supercar weighs in at 3,440-lbs with an aluminum body and fiberglass body panels. The engines are currently being prepared out in the United Kingdom and imported to India for final installation onto the vehicles.
DC Design is still sticking to producing around 200 Avanti’s a year with aspirations to build 2,000 a year – if demand is there.
GALLERY: DC Design Avanti Supercar
DC Design is scheduled to unveil India’s first supercar at the upcoming 2012 Delhi Auto Expo that’s just around the corner. This is the same firm that was responsible for the Rolls-Royce inspired Phantom DC Concept coupe back in 2006.
The supercar will be a limited edition, low volume vehicle assembled at DC Design’s facility in Pune, India. They anticipate deliveries of the vehicle to begin by the end of 2013.
Details are bleak, but what we do know is that it will probably be powered by a V6 engine sourced from Honda with a custom turbo setup to give it over 400-hp. The power-to-weight ratio will be the focus for this supercar, as DC Design is aiming to have it weigh less than 3,400-lbs.
Right now DC Design is aiming to have 300 vehicles built and if there is enough demand they’ll produce up to 3,000 vehicles a year. Despite being a “supercar” DC Design hopes to price it around $55,000.
We’re sure more details will be revealed once the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo starts on January 5th, 2012.
Ford announced their lineup at the upcoming 2012 Delhi Auto Expo in India, mentioning the world debut of a new global vehicle along with a teaser image. General consensus around here is that this will be Ford’s next EcoSport CUV.
In the release, Ford only mentions that an all-new vehicle planned for global markets will be introduced in India and will be the latest One Ford global product. The second-generation EcoSport will probably be based on the same platform as Ford’s Fiesta, and even though Ford’s all about a global launch, we’re a little hesitant to believe it’ll make it to American shores anytime soon.
Ford will also be showing off their Figo, all-new Fiesta, Classic and Endeavour at the Auto Expo. A total of 12 vehicles will be on display in a new, high-tech booth boasting a 3D theater, live shows and a crowd-sourced interactive driving game.