Hyundai i-oniq concept previewed ahead of Geneva debut image

The South Korean based automaker Hyundai has recently revealed the i-oniq concept, ahead of its official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show on the 6th of March.

According to the car manufacturer, the Hyundai i-oniq concept is borrowing General Motors’ idea of an electric powertrain with extended range, offered by a petrol engine, but for now, this system is being adopted only by this model. Hyundai says that the i-oniq concept is previewing the future of the company with the Fluidic Sculpture design language, and even if the model won’t make it into production, we will definitely see some of its lines and technology onto future models.

Besides the Fluidic Sculpture design language, the second most important aspect of the Hyundai i-oniq is the three-cylinder petrol engine, which is working like a generator, and the 108 HP electric motor. This idea is already in the market, on models like the Chevrolet Volt or the more expensive Fisker Karma. The Hyundai i-oniq can travel, according to the manufacturer, for 120 km on electric power, but the range can be extended to 700 km once the petrol engine starts “spinning” and acting as a generator to the electric motor. More details on the Hyundai i-oniq concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.