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Hyundai HED-6 ix-ONIC Concept Revealed Ahead of Geneva Debut

 Hyundai HED-6 ix-ONIC Concept Revealed Ahead of Geneva Debut
Hyundai HED-6 ix-ONIC Concept - hi res

Hyundai is showing off their latest concept car to a select group of journalists today. Called the Hyundai ix-onic, it will be the second generation of the Tucson.

The new concept features a new, production-ready engine as well. Hyundai will start building an incredibly clean 173 horsepower 1.6-liter engine later this year. Producing only 149 grams of CO2 per kilometer, the new engine will make its way into the market version of the ix-onic. This engine could also be built into other Hyundai models, like the i30.

Currently, the Tucson also has a 140 hp 2.0-liter in-line four petrol engine, and a 173 hp 2.7-liter V6 petrol. Some countries also got access to a very efficient, 140 hp 2.0-liter diesel. Hyundai did not say if these engines would still be available.

Once it hits production, the new crossover will be called the Hyundai iX35. The company says it will look very similar to the latest concept car, with the exception of a few details. Lights, bumpers, and materials will likely be changed, but the lines and shape will remain the same. The five-seater concept measures 4.4 meters long by 1.85 m wide by 1.65 m high. A seven-seat iX35 is not expected to go on sale.

Styling cues are similar to that of the i10 and i30. Completely brand new, the ix-onic and iX35 were designed by Hyundai's European operation. Despite declining demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe, Hyundai believes this vehicle will be sought after.

The new iX35 will be built in a Slovakian Kia factory, according to the company. One company rep told a Dutch newspaper, "In light of the technical connection with the Kia Sportage, which is already coming off the assembly line in Slovakia, it is logical that the two models will be assembled side by side."

The next Sportage is due out in February 2010, he said.

Hyundai also has plans to build two new compact MPVs at their new plant in the Czech Republic.

You can see the Hyundai ix-onic concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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February 22, 2009 5:04 am
 nimlod nimlod
asshole.. just worry about stupid Big3
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February 22, 2009 1:57 am
 sdlfnik sdlfnik
i dont like japs. japs have a sense of inferiority to koreans
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February 21, 2009 6:22 pm
 BabyMilo BabyMilo
When i frist saw the picture and hadnt read the caprtion i thought it was a Mazda. Are the Koreans so ashamed that they are copying the Japanese???
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February 19, 2009 1:29 pm
 Bristol411S3 Bristol411S3
I like it, but it is VERY Kuga like. The new 1.6 sounds very interesting. Who would have thought these guys would still be moving so quickly?
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February 18, 2009 7:52 pm
 unknownuser unknownuser
Isn't it just a Mazda 2 with extra ride height?
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February 18, 2009 7:21 pm
 Renegade Renegade
Stupid Hyundai, get ur own ideas.
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February 18, 2009 4:17 pm
 Imasa Imasa
I like how the lower side panels meet with the rear exhaust. Cool design. The sketch still looks much nicer than the real thing though.
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February 18, 2009 4:15 pm
 sovietmole sovietmole
looks a lot like the mazda cx-7.. i think hyundai dug up designs from the entire ford family to create this
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February 18, 2009 3:57 pm
 121GW 121GW
I can see all of that. But from the back, it looks like a Nissan Murano married to a Buick Enclave. It's all funky, but also kind of cool looking.
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February 18, 2009 3:32 pm
 serraxtrem serraxtrem
They can name it Hyundai Copy-paste ... or a short name Ctrl C+V
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February 18, 2009 3:22 pm
 serraxtrem serraxtrem
Is this a Ford Kuga ??? ansembled with mazda 2 parts ...
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February 18, 2009 3:19 pm
 afterace2 afterace2
Preety complicated name, but the car itself looks very good. Hyundai's desings are getting better and better.
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February 18, 2009 2:49 pm
 AG4 AG4
The front reminds me of Ford's Kinetic Design, but with an inverted lower grill(mouth).
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February 18, 2009 2:19 pm