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Hyundai i-oniq: New Hyundai concept at Geneva 2012

Thu, 15 Dec 2011

Hyundai i-oniq Concept - Geneva bound

Hyundai has revealed a single teaser image of a new concept they will take to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show – the Hyundai i-oniq.

What are we to make of the Hyundai i-oniq Concept? Probably, we’re supposed to speculate as to exactly what it could be, as Hyundai aren’t interested in telling us much about it yet.

Hyundai do say that the i-oniq is a preview of the next generation of their ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language, and that it was designed at their European R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany. Oh, and it’s also heading to the Geneva Motor Show in 2012. Beyond that, your guess is as good as ours.

The last few concepts we’ve had from Hyundai were the Curb, which is a Nissan Juke type car, and the i-flow. The Curb hasn’t yet turned in to a production model (although it seems highly likely) and the i-flow turned in to the very good Hyundai i40. So where exactly could the i-oniq – always assuming it previews a model rather than just a design direction – be heading?

Concept renderings always tend to look dynamic, but the i-oniq certainly looks like some sort of long-nosed coupe. Could this be the first Hyundai of the new Genesis premium brand in the making? We reported recently that a Hyundai spokesman had confirmed the luxury Genesis brand was on its way to take on Infiniti and Lexus, and that the first two cars would be a 3-Series sized coupe and saloon and a 5-Series competitor.

So maybe the i-oniq is actually the Genesis i-oniq and not the Hyundai i-oniq?

By Cars UK