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First Look: 2010 Hyundai ix-Metro Hybrid Concept and 2010 i10 Electric

Korean carmaker charging into 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

by on Sep.04, 2009

The 2010 Hyundai ix-Metro Hybrid concept targets the growing European sub-B segment.

The 2010 Hyundai ix-Metro Hybrid concept targets the growing European sub-B segment.

Better late than never, apparently.  The increasingly aggressive Hyundai Motor Co. is rapidly filling in the gaps in its line-up, and that includes everything from high-line luxury cars to hybrids.

The Korean carmaker will bring a pair of electrified models to this month’s 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, it has confirmed, one using a gasoline-electric powertrain, the other a pure battery-electric vehicle that it plans to start producing next year for the home, South Korean market.

In the near-term, the most segment debut will be that of the 2010 ix-Metro, a hybrid crossover-utility vehicle.  The fifth in a series of concept cars to be created by the Global Design Team in Namyang Korea, the ix-Metro targets the fast-growing European sub-B segment.

Charge Ahead!

Charge Ahead!

The ix-Metro is powered by an inline three-cylinder petrol engine displacing just one-liter.   Direct injection, dual Continuously-Variable Valve Timing and turbocharging are all combined with a six-speed dual clutch transmission and battery-driven motor system.  Hyundai claims the hybrid crossover produces just 80 grams of CO2 per kilometer, significantly below the planned European Union target.

The 2010 Hyundai i10 Electric will be launched in the Korean home market next year, but initially targeted at fleet users.

The 2010 Hyundai i10 Electric will be launched in the Korean home market next year, but initially targeted at fleet users.

Alongside the hybrid CUV, Hyundai will also lift the covers on the i10 Electric, a zero-emissions urban commuter car that it plans to put into limited production in the Korean market, starting next year, for sale to government ministries, utilities and corporate users, though the maker suggests that retail production is likely to follow.

The i10 Electric utilizes a 49kW – or 66 horsepower — motor connected to a 16 kWh battery.  The maker won’t say, yet, whether it’s a Lithium-Ion or Nickel-Metal Hydride pack.  In U.S. terms, the system is expected to yield about 100 miles per charge, while hitting a top speed of around 81 mph.

The system will use a by-wire system, rather than direct mechanical linkage, to control braking, accelerating and steering.

The 2010 Hyundai i10's electric drivetrain can hit 81 mph and provides about 100 miles range per charge.

The 2010 Hyundai i10's electric drivetrain can hit 81 mph and provides about 100 miles range per charge.

Sneak Peek: 2011 Hyundai Tucson

Also known as Hyundai ix35, crossover set for Frankfurt debut.

by on Aug.18, 2009

This is a rendering of the 2011 Hyundai Tucson that the Korean carmaker plans to unveil at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show.

This is a rendering of the 2011 Hyundai Tucson that the Korean carmaker plans to unveil at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show.

There’s little doubt that Hyundai is on a mission to rebuild its image.  Forget “cheap and cheerful,” the South Korean carmaker’s products are moving steadily up-market, even as the brand’s latest offerings show a distinctive design flair that wouldn’t have been imaginable just a few years ago.

Days after confirming that it will enter the premium luxury segment with the Equus sedan, Hyundai has released a pair of renderings giving a clear hint of what it has in store at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.  What you see here is the 2011 Hyundai Tucson – the vehicle the rest of the world knows as the Hyundai ix35.

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Hyundai says the shape is part of its new “fluidic” design language, though a quick glance suggests the influence of such competing Japanese CUVs as the Nissan Murano or Infiniti FX.  The crossover/ute was penned by chief stylist Tomas Buerkle, at Hyundai’s European design center, in Russelsheim, Germany.

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