Thursday, April 16, 2009

New Reveal At NY : 2009 Hyundai Nuvis Concept

The New York Auto Show ends with a concept from Hyundai. It's a two-door sporty crossover called Nuvis, that hints a new design direction for furture-generation Hyundais. "Our goal was to create a living machine, constantly moving, that the driver and passengers could be part of," said John Krsteski, Hyundai Design manager. "There are no lines on or in this car that are standing still." he added.
The Nuvis Concept is one of these cars that the designers couldn't stop adding lines here and there. So most notable design cues on the Nuvis Concept are the gullwing doors, blue-illuminated headlights and Hyundai logo, the curved L-shaped taillights, and 22-inch wheels with Brembo brakes. Inside, it's also laid-out as a concept. So the interior is full of abstract line stitching on the floor and on the thin seats, and a gear selector instead of a lever. If the Nuvis Concept ever comes to production, these design hoops probably will stay only in the prototype.
As the exterior and interior are very futuristic, so is the drivetrain. So, underneath the fancy-pancy sheetmetal, the Nuvis sports homegrown Hybrid Blue Drive architecture that mates a 2.4L Theta II 4-cylinder petrol engine to a 6-speed automatic transmission and a 30kW (151 lb-ft) electric motor. Like any hybrid, the system allows the wheels to be powered by the petrol engine, or the electric motor, or both together. The hybrid system stores its electrical charge in a 270V lithium polymer rechargeable battery (5.3Ah/270V) that is housed in the crossover's trunk.

No word yet whether the Nuvis Concept will roll into production factories or not. So with that, the NY Auto Show closes its doors until the next year.

Source : [Hyundai]

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