Frankfurt 2009: Hyundai Introduces Ix-Metro CUV Concept

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Hyundai introduced a futuristic crossover concept model, the ix-Metro, at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

Drawing inspiration from NASA, science fiction and pine cones (yes, pine cones), the Hyundai ix-Metro was the result of an internal design competition.

Design features such as faceted surfaces and triangulating lines along the bonnet, side and rear panels are a departure from other recent Hyundai models, both production and concept. Hyundai says the high beltline provides a protective feeling while the 20-inch wheels and flanged wheel arches give the ix-Metro a muscular stance.

Interior designer Sandy Hartono compares the interior to a pine cone with seats, cargo area and other surfaces separated by light-filled gaps, creating an appearance that seems both organic and futuristic.

The ix-Metro uses a hybridized drivetrain, producing 123 hp out of a 1,000cc three-cylinder engine . This was accomplished through the use of continuously variable valve-timing, turbocharging and direct injection. Additional torque assistance is provided by the starter motor-alternator with power stored in an electric, double-layered ultracapacitor, and a 12V battery.

Gallery: Hyundai ix-Metro

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