2010 Geneva: Hyundai i-flow Concept hints at future diesel-electric D-segment hybrid

Adding to its already extensive lineup of concepts, Hyundai today added the new i-flow concept car to its list. Hyundai says that the i-flow concept “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.”

Under the hood of the i-flow concept sits a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain consisting of a 1.7L two-stage turbocharged diesel unit mated to an electric-motor that gets its power from a lithium-ion battery pack. Hyundai says the system is extremely efficient since it is mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. The concept also showcases new technology including flexible solar panel roofing and a thermo-electric generator.

As far as production goes, Hyundai says that the i-flow concept’s “looks and technology point the way to a new D-segment family car which Hyundai plans to launch in early 2011.”

Hyundai i-flow Concept:

– By: Kap Shah