Hyundai - i-Flow
Original name: 현대 i-Flow
From Hyundai’s press release:
i-flow – Hyundai’s family future
Making its global debut at the Geneva Show, the Hyundai i-flow concept car carries forward the company’s evocative new form language, ‘fluidic design’. The flowing, elegant lines not only create a futuristic shape, but also contribute to exceptional aerodynamics and help to reduce the car’s CO2 output to just 85g/km.
Hyundai’s first diesel hybrid powertrain is also a key factor in delivering such an environmentally-conscious performance, as is the application of next-generation materials and technologies developed in cooperation with leading chemical company BASF.
With an overall length of 4,780mm, a 2,800mm wheelbase, 1,850mm width and 1,420mm height give the i-flow a stance which is more akin to a coupe than a traditional D-segment saloon.
Despite the sporty stance, the i-flow redefines the perception of space. Fundamental elements, such as the seats and centre console, were crafted for minimal weight and volume using cutting-edge materials from BASF.
Under the sleek bonnet is Hyundai’s first diesel-electric hybrid powertrain. It uses the exciting new 1.7-litre engine plus two-stage turbocharging linked to a Lithium Ion-Polymer battery to give a very efficient and advanced combination, particularly when partnered with i-flow’s six-speed, dual-clutch transmission.
The i-flow is a test bed for new energy harvesting ideas, ranging from flexible solar panel roofing to a thermo-electric generator which uses exhaust heat to produce power.
The i-flow’s looks and technology point the way to a new D-segment family car which Hyundai plans to launch in early 2011.