GENEVA PREVIEW: Hyundai dropping a Tucson hint
Hyundai is to unveil a new concept car at this year's Geneva motor show that previews a redesign of its Tucson small SUV and the similar Sportage model sold by affiliate Kia.
The concept, styled at the company's European Design headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and code named HED-6 - will take centre stage on the Hyundai stand.
The cars has LED daytime running lights and a 175hp, 1.6-litre GDi turbocharged engine, and "gives a clear indication of the direction Hyundai will take with its next generation of SUVs", the automaker said.
Hyundai will also show the three-door version of the new Indian-built i20 line and the i30 Blue, the first application of stop-start technology on a Hyundai production car. This technology will contribute to a significant cut in both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and was recently launched on some European Kia models.
Hyundai has decided on a global basis to label all low emission vehicles to be launched, starting with the i30, under the sub-brand Blue.
The ISG system uses an advanced starter motor connected to the ECU, which monitors the car's status at all times. Applied to a 1.6-litre petrol engine, it reduces fuel consumption by 7% on the official EU combined cycle, while achieving a lower CO2 rating of 142g/km, compared to 152g/km for the standard engine.
The 'green' i30 Blue line will come in five-door hatchback and estate body styles with 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines. Other i30 engine derivatives will progressively be offered with ISG technology, followed by more models in the Hyundai range.
The i20 three-door will go on sale in the second quarter of 2009, lowering the entry-level price to the range, in the fastest growing vehicle segment in Europe.