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 |  Mar 01 2012, 7:33 AM


Hyundai has released a lone photo of its new i-Oniq concept car, a vehicle that showcases the next generation of the Korean automaker’s styling and fuel-efficient technology.

With a big commitment to 40 mpg gasoline engines and a modest push with conventional hybrids, the i-Oniq is a range-extended electric car, along the lines of the Chevy Volt. Using a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an electric motor and lithium ion battery pack, power is rated at a models 109 hp. Hyundai claims a zero-emissions range of 120 km (75 miles) with a total range of 700 km (435 miles) once the gasoline engine kicks in.

Outside it’s a sportbrake-styled coupe roughly the length of a Hyundai Elantra and inside there’s space for four.

“The i-oniq concept has been created to reflect the new thinking that runs through the Hyundai brand,” says Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe. “It has a bold design, inside and out, that provokes contemplation on the future of automotive possibilities, and a powertrain that highlights one of the ways in which we could power future products – wrapped in a package that exudes premium qualities.”

Look for more on the i-Oniq concept with its world premiere scheduled for the Geneva Motor Show next week.

 |  Feb 29 2012, 6:47 PM

Hyundai released a sketch of its i-oniq sport concept last December, but it was little more than a paint slash on canvas.

The teaser hinted at a sleek roofline and speed, but was less than a silhouette, not much to go on. That changed today when the company released the first teaser photo, seen above, of their i-oniq concept.

There weren’t any technical details to accompany the car, but at least we know that it’s a hatchback. Obviously this car, just like other recent Hyundai releases, follows the company’s new fluidic design language, something company execs are always quick to tout.

We’re not sure what to make of this yet, but let us know what your thoughts. Do you think this is a hit or a miss? We’ll be reporting details on the unveil live from the Geneva Auto Show next week.