Geneva preview: Hyundai i-flow (2)

February 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

Hyundai has released a front-end picture and some tech spec for its i-flow concept, to be the star of its stand in Geneva next week. The i-flow – which previews the next i40 large family car from the company – has a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain with a 1.7-litre engine and six-speed dual-clutch transmission; it’s capable of 94.2mpg, says Hyundai, and it emits 85g/km of carbon  dioxide.

Hyundai is also showing its facelifted i30U small family car, complete with cleaner engines, and five low-emissions models: the i10, i20, i30, i30cw (estate) and ix35 ‘blue’. All of these have a stop-start system, modified aerodynamics and low rolling-resistance tyres, and all except the latter emit less than 100g/km; the ix35 blue puts out 135g/km, very respectable for a compact SUV.

An iX35 FCEV fuel cell concept will also be on display, fitted with the latest version of the powertrain in the trial Tucson FCEV;  this “moves Hyundai closer to the commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles”, according to a statement today, “and will lead to production volume of Hyundai FCEVs in the thousands by 2012.” The new fuel cell powertrain is said to be easier to make and cheaper to produce.

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