Hyundai reveals i-oniq concept teaserThu, 15 Dec 2011
Hyundai has hinted at its future design direction with this single teaser shot of its ‘i-oniq’ concept car. Further details will be revealed in the run-up to next March's 2012 Geneva show, but judging by this glimpse, the concept will take the form of a large coupe with a hatchback tail. It stops short of the full shooting-brake silhouette, but there’s a hint of Brera in the curvature of its rear end.
‘Two strong arched curves define the silhouette of i-oniq, creating a playful contrast between the sharp character lines and soft but muscular features’ says Thomas Bürkle, Hyundai’s European Chief Designer.
We can’t say – details are pretty sparse at the moment – but there might be room in the Hyundai family for a value coupe that slots into the range above the Scirocco-sized Veloster.
Conceived at the Korean firm’s European R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the concept is an evolution of Hyundai’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language. That means following the form of Hyundai’s rakish Mondeo-sized rival, the i40.
By Tim Kendall