Hyundai to unveil SUV concept in Geneva

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Hyundai is set to unveil a new compact SUV concept at the Geneva motor show later this year, which has been styled at the company’s European Design headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

Codenamed the HED-6, this concept will give a clear indication of the direction which Hyundai will take with its next generation of SUVs.

According to Hyundai, the design team has combined a muscular design with everyday utility to create a car which will fit comfortably in an urban or off-road environment.

Allan Rushforth, Vice President at Hyundai Motor Europe said, “The HED-6 brings an entirely new look to Hyundai’s SUV line-up. It fuses a robust exterior with a fresh and elegant interior, making for an eye-catching package, while its latest-generation power train highlights Hyundai’s clean-technology expertise.”

The exterior look is emphasised by a hexagonal grille, angular style lines and back-swept front headlamps, with the bold look completed by 21-inch, mirror-polished alloy wheels and a specially developed ‘Ice Blue’ exterior paint.

The HED-6 also reportedly marks the introduction of LED day time running lights into the Hyundai range as a trademark feature of the new concept.

Powering the new concept is a 1.6-litre GDi turbocharged engine which develops a rather healthy 130kW.

Also making their world premiere at the Geneva motor show from Hyundai will be the new i30 blue and i20 three-door.

The “blue” label represents a new ultra-low emissions sub-brand from Hyundai which demonstrates the company’s commitment to lowering CO2 output and reducing costs for consumers.

The i30 blue will be the first mass production vehicle to wear the new label and will also debut Hyundai’s ISG (Idle Stop and Go) technology in a production model for the first time.

This technology has been demonstrated to reduce fuel consumption by seven per cent when applied to the 1.6-litre petrol engine, while achieving a lower CO2 rating of 142g/km, compared to 152g/km on the regular i30 1.6.