Hyundai ix-Metro Concept Revealed

Korean manufacturer Hyundai previewed today, ahead of the debut of the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, a potential new addition to the ix range: the Metro Concept. The mini crossover concept was created by Hyundai's Global Design Team in Namyang, Korea and is rumored to be the forefather of a new Hyundai range within the next two years (some say it's a preview of the next generation i20). The ix-Metro concept is powered by a 1.0l engine and features an electric-gasoline hybrid system. Of course, the tiny three cylinder direct injection engine is turbocharged, allowing it to develop 125 horsepower. The unit is paired with a six-speed dual clutch transmission and it emits into the atmosphere, thanks to the start-stop technology it also uses, only 80g of CO2 every km. Another goodie Hyundai will bring to the aforementioned event is the manufacturer's first electric vehicle, the i10. Set to enter production in 2010, the i10 Electric is powered by a 49 kW motor and a 16 kWh battery. It has a top speed of 130 km/h (80 mph0 and a range of 160 km (100 miles) and features x-by-wire systems for steering, air conditioning, water pump and brake vacuum pump. The eco-friendly Hyundai approach will be completed in Frankfurt by the i30 Blue Edition. The special version features stop-and-go emissions reduction technology, allowing it to release 113 g/km of CO2 from the 1.6l CRDi engine. The Hyundai show line-up will be completed by the ix35, the Elantra LPI Hybrid and the 2010 Santa Fe. autoevolution will be attending the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, so stay tuned for some real up close and personal shots of the vehicles, as well as for first-hand details of the motorized contraptions.
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