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Along with an electric version of the company’s tiny i10, Hyundai will also unveil an innovative hybrid CUV concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show in just over a weeks time.
As a part of Hyundai’s Blue drive initiative, the ix-Metro is powered by a turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an electric motor. Designed for Europe, this model is particularly interesting as it is a sub-compact crossover. It also gets a state-of-the-art six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
As for the electric i10, it will get a 65hp (49 kW) electric motor with a range of 100 miles.
In addition to these Blue Drive vehicles, Hyundai will also have on hand the Elantra LPI Hybrid and the Blue Will Plug-In Hybrid Electric concept vehicle.
Production vehicle debuts include the 2010 Tucson and the updated 2010 Santa Fe.
GALLERY: Hyundai ix-Metro Concept
Official release after the jump:
Hyundai Motor Co. has announced plans to debut a small electric car at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month. The new model will be based on the i10 mini-car platform, but it is not clear when Hyundai will deliver a production model to market.
The electric i10 is a part of Hyundai’s new corporate mission to become one of the four major green car automakers. That plan will see the Korean automaker deliver several new alternative-fuel models over the next few years. Hyundai has already announced it will bring a lithium-ion hybrid version of the upcoming Sonata to market, and promises plug-in hybrids by 2012. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are also expected.
[Source: JoongAng Daily]