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Sneak Peek: Hyundai HED-6

“Urban Nomad” SUV slated for debut at 2009 Geneva Motor Show

by on Feb.09, 2009

Hyundai HED-6 Concept, debuting at 2009 Geneva Motor Show

Hyundai HED-6 Concept, debuting at 2009 Geneva Motor Show

Forget the great outdoors. The Hyundai HED-6 is for “urban nomads,” according to the Korean carmaker, which offered up this first, computer-generated look at the show car that will make its debut at the Salon International de L’Automobile in Geneva on March 3rd.

Think of it as a “a car of contrast for a world of contrast,” the automaker says, in a release, suggesting that the HED-6 reflects the cultural influence of major European cities like Berlin, Paris and London. One of the more interesting design touches is the three-dimensional, sculpted shape of the rear window is achieved using “Lexan” high-performance plastics instead of conventional automotive glass.

More to the point, says Allan Rushforth, Vice President at Hyundai Motor Europe, the show ute gives an indication of the next generation of Hyundai SUVs. “The HED-6 brings an entirely new look to Hyundai’s SUV line-up. It fuses a robust exterior with a fresh and elegant interior, making for an eye-catching package, while its latest-generation power train highlights Hyundai’s clean-technology expertise.”

In concept trim, HED-6 is equipped with LED daytime running lights and powered by a 175 HP, 1.6-litre GDi turbocharged engine.

The HED-6 will make its debut the same day as another Korean SUV prototype debuts at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. Hyundai’s sibling, the Kia division, will reveal a compact Euro-ute of its own, which you can see here.