2010 Hyundai i-flow HED-7 Hybrid Concept review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 3 March 2010 , 15:03:16 byAngela

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Hyundai i-flow HED-7 Hybrid Concept

Carmaker Hyundai managed to develop a new concept, the Hyundai i-flow concept car, model that had its debut at the Auto Show held in Geneva. Its incredible fine lines improve the aerodynamics and also help reduce the CO2 emission level to only 85 g/km. The elegant lines also create the ideal futuristic shape. Under the hood it hides the first hybrid power-train developed by the carmaker which is a key factor in delivering such an environmentally-conscious performance. The next-generation materials and technologies developed offer a great future to all units. Because of its dimensions, i-flow looks more like a coupe than a traditional D-segment saloon. To reduce weight, the carmaker offered the seats and center console crafted for minimal weight and volume using cutting-edge materials from BASF. The 1.7-liter engine is mated to a Lithium-Ion Polymer battery and offers a very efficient and advanced combination mainly when it sends the power to the wheels through a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. The model is part of the D-segment family car which will be released at the beginning of 2012.

i-flow - Hyundai`s family future

Making its global debut at the Geneva Show, the Hyundai i-flow concept car carries forward the company`s evocative new form language, 'fluidic design`. The flowing, elegant lines not only create a futuristic shape, but also contribute to exceptional aerodynamics and help to reduce the car`s CO2 output to just 85g/km.

Hyundai`s first diesel hybrid powertrain is also a key factor in delivering such an environmentally-conscious performance, as is the application of next-generation materials and technologies developed in cooperation with leading chemical company BASF.

With an overall length of 4,780mm, a 2,800mm wheelbase, 1,850mm width and 1,420mm height give the i-flow a stance which is more akin to a coupe than a traditional D-segment saloon.

Despite the sporty stance, the i-flow redefines the perception of space. Fundamental elements, such as the seats and centre console, were crafted for minimal weight and volume using cutting-edge materials from BASF.

Under the sleek bonnet is Hyundai`s first diesel-electric hybrid powertrain. It uses the exciting new 1.7-litre engine plus two-stage turbocharging linked to a Lithium Ion-Polymer battery to give a very efficient and advanced combination, particularly when partnered with i-flow`s six-speed, dual-clutch transmission.

The i-flow is a test bed for new energy harvesting ideas, ranging from flexible solar panel roofing to a thermo-electric generator which uses exhaust heat to produce power.

The i-flow`s looks and technology point the way to a new D-segment family car which Hyundai plans to launch in early 2011.