Vijay Pattni01 March 2012

Hyundai reveals electric sports hatch

The design renaissance continues: meet the 1.0-litre i-oniq concept car

Hyundai i-oniq

Materialise your innermost thoughts and you're likely to come up with something only your psychiatrist should see. Thankfully, Hyundai's innermost thoughts look like this. Meet the i-oniq concept car.

As it's this time of year, the Hyundai i-oniq is set for a Geneva motor show debut next week, and is a balls-out statement of intent from the company showcasing its future design.

Looks futuristic, right? Hyundai is currently experiencing a minor design renaissance - think new i30 and new i40 - and so this fits in neatly with its sexier outerwear.

Underneath, there's a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine connected, via a generator, to a lithium ion electric motor producing just over 100bhp. Using only the power of the battery, Hyundai reckons the i-oniq will travel around 75 miles, and 435 miles in combination with that humble little three-pot.

It measures 4.4m long - a smidge over a Ford Focus - and offers space for four. We haven't been shown any interior shots, but are promised "future premium consumer electronics technology" and "high-tech equipment". It'll probably offer more tech than say, Short Circuit, but won't be far off Minority Report.

Hyundai senior vice president Allan Rushforth said: "The i-oniq concept has been created to reflect the new thinking that runs through the Hyundai brand. It provokes contemplation on the future of automotive possibilites."

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