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Hyundai i-mode news - Visions of quite-goodness - 2008

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If you look really closely at the rear
wheel in the first shot of the Hyundai i-Mode, you can just make out the face
of which deity? Look closer. Closer…

Actually, you can’t see anything (well, we
can’t anyhow), but we know that diesel seven-seaters aren’t the most
attention-grabbing of cars, so at least we got you looking. But frankly, the
i-Mode concept is worth a proper look, even without our pseudo-religious

Based on the i30 platform - that’s
Hyundai’s Golf/Focus rival - the i-Mode previews a production MPV that’s
expected to arrive some time in 2010.

As MPVs go, it’s a good-looking thing.
Hyundai says that the open-mouthed front end with its hexagonal grille
demonstrates a new brand identity from Hyundai, so expect to see a lot more of
that face around.

With the exception of that
Prius-gone-crazy rear end and the suicide rear doors, we’re looking at a design
that’s damn close to production. Which is good.

The i-Mode’s engine sounds realistic, too
- a 2.2-litre two-stage turbodiesel, developing 210bhp and 340lb ft of torque.

We’ll likely see a single-turbo version of
the ‘R Engine’ diesel some time next year, with this dual-pressure unit arriving
in 2011. Top Gear was fairly sure we’d all be driving hovercars steering by
telepathy and good karma by 2011, but we’ll settle for a nice torquey diesel if

Next week, Top Gear finds the faint
outline of the Fiat 500 on the Turin shroud. It could happen.

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