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2008 Hyundai HED-5 i-Mode Concept news, pictures, and information
Hyundai Unveils new concept car HED-5 'i-Mode'• 6-seater monocab study
• High end materials and advanced eco-dynamics
• World premiere of a unique Swivel Seat concept
• Futuristic communications and entertainment system
• World debut of 2.2-liter R Diesel engine wîth 2-stage turbocharging
At the Geneva International Motor Show Hyundai Motor Co. will introduce the HED-5 'i-Mode'. The focus for this year's concept car is a combination of visionary styling wîth future technologies and advanced eco-dynamics. It lead to a 6-seater monocab study that incorporates high-tech materials, a world premiere seating concept and state of the art communication solutions into a completely new vehicle impression. The i-Mode is an innovatively styled, eco-friendly and socially adaptive vehicle. The imposing mono-volume architecture provides an invitation to travel, explore and relax within the concept of moving cocoon.
By working together wîth the partners Bayer MaterialScience AG, Keiper and LG Electronics, Hyundai is continuing a cross- co-operation to drive new technologies faster to market. The co-operation wîth Bayer MaterialScience enabled the complex curvature and radical design departures of the HED-5 innovations to be implemented more quickly. The materials used are lighter and more adaptable than the metal and glass they replace. This, in combination wîth a light weight body construction, reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emission. Self-healing water based bodywork finishes from Bayer add to the environmentally friendly concept of the vehicle and even let minor scratches magically disappear by themselves. The i-Mode is the first vehicle to feature the new 'BayVision' glazing system and Collimator headlight lenses made from Makrolon®.
Through the advanced multimedia and entertainment concept developed by LG electronics, the vehicle becomes an extension of the digital home, allowing passengers to stay connected, communicate and interact in the car and beyond. Access to the web, video games, movies or video calling are all possible through the pop-down touch-screen displays and webcams, located within the overhead console. A wireless network enables a selection of cable-free keyboards, game controllers and headphones to further personalise the entertainment experience. The advanced developments seen on the i-Mode give a dynamic indication of real possibilities for the near future.
Hyundai's engineering partner Keiper supported the i-Mode project wîth the exclusive world premiere of its new and unique Swivel Seat concept. The first row passenger seat cleverly rotates to face second and third row occupants. When the seat is turned in a flowing movement, the backrest converts into an equally comfortable seat surface. This is made possible by a fully concealed, power-operated kinematic system. The integrated seatbelt system – another technically advanced debut – and the adjustable headrest maximize passive safety for passengers in either sitting position. The second row bench slides rearwards to increase comfort and create a social space for communication. This seat concept intelligently avoids problems of complex or flexible seat mounting weaknesses.
The i-Mode designExterior
The sculptural profile is mainly characterised by the wedged body side in combination wîth a generous, rounded rear, giving the impression of a bow under tension. The vehicle portrays a clever combination of convex and concave surfaces directly inspired from nature. These forms have enabled a powerful, dynamic stance to be achieved devoid of aggressive sentiment. The choice of colour and level of finish provides a rich, warm radiance, wîth an open and almost translucent appearance.
The shoulder of the car divides the green house from a muscular body side, twisting towards the rear to increase tension and to create an intriguing highlight play. The shape of the wheel arches place emphasis on the door openings as an invitation to access the spacious interior. An innovative mechanism enables the practicability of a sliding door free of conventional inner and outer guide rails. When the doors are opened, the lack of a B post enables a feeling of space and remarkable accessibility to the generous interior.
The arched pillars and the high waist line are underlined by an elegant aluminium garnish reflecting Hyundai's playful and dynamic design language. The finish also emphasizes one of the most unusual features of the exterior, namely the negative B and C posts, combined wîth almond shaped quarter light windows fore and aft. The front window revives an innovative approach, rotating in a manner typical of historic vehicles of the past.
Nature is one of the key influences for the Hyundai design team and new plastic materials have enabled exploration of unconventional and irregular shapes. The fundamental architecture of the exterior shape is symbolized by an external frame embracing the protected volume within, like a shell. This concept also demonstrates the increasing awareness Hyundai has towards environmental issues. Cooperation wîth Bayer Material Science has seen use of the innovative glazing alternative 'Makrolon', enabling the car to have extended transparent areas, reducing weight and increasing fuel economy.
A view from above illustrates a compelling negative section running from the bonnet and continuing over the roof, creating an unusual auxiliary brake lamp, before eventually fading out in the tailgate. On the bonnet, the feature line develops through the surface where it visually connects to the dashboard design in a logical manner showing the will of the designers to create a coherent, uniform design.
The flowing form encapsulates the hexagonal shaped grill which symbolizes our new brand identity for Europe. The theme of the grill mesh is a fragmented, irregular structure which is also adopted within the boomerang shaped rear lamp, generating a lasting impression. The boomerang theme is also evident within the small floating wings of the wheel design, mimicking the dynamic whirl of a turbine.
These unique features, previously showcased on earlier Hyundai concept cars including the Genus of 2006, demonstrate the consistency in developing a coherent design language. It is through such characteristics that Hyundai aim to enhance the perceived quality and recognition of our products.
Through the innovative door opening mechanism, the interior is exposed as an inviting landscape of softly sculpted shapes and advanced technology in the form of a lounge compartment. The interior represents the concept of an encapsulated social space, an intimate environment where all occupants can enjoy safe travel in comfort, surrounded by sophisticated technology and luxurious materials.
The first step into the car reveals the elegant application of selected natural materials wrapping over sculptural seat shells and the wide, floating dashboard. Soft, silky leather in warm and natural brown tones give the interior level of comfort normally experienced in home interiors. In contrast to the natural materials, these components also partially reveal refined gloss surfaces as a modern expression of lightweight precision. The floor consists of blue felt piercing through the precision cut scratch-resistant leather tiles, emphasizing the flowing design concept whilst simulating the refined image of luxury boat deck. The felt textile provides a comfortable climate within the interior, regulating the humidity whilst complementing the first impression of an enticing, relaxing atmosphere.
Attention is immediately drawn to the seats which offer first class comfort for all occupants, combining a modern, floating look wîth innovative functionality. The Cognac leather cushions embrace the burgundy lacquered seat structure enabling the occupants to experience the lounge atmosphere without the limitations of a conventional automotive interior layout.
The dashboard and door trim panels are designed in a clean, unobtrusive manner to further enhance the feel of space and comfort. The simplicity of shapes and graphic symmetries convey a theme of harmony and relaxation.
The leather wrapped §teering wheel invites the driver to focus for a moment on his tactile senses whilst diffused blue illumination, emanating through innovative translucent panels in the doors and dashboard instruments, complete this special atmosphere of serenity. Metallic details display an authentic appearance, highlighted wîth a special lacquer to echo the brilliance and depth of finish found on grand pianos.
The light beige headliner, which continues through into the pillars, provides the interior wîth a floodlit, almost roofless panoramic appearance. The horizontal trim colour division, between dark and light tones further emphasizes this impression, maintaining a harmonic contrast.
All-new R Diesel wîth Two-Stage Turbocharging
i-Mode is powered by an all-new 2.2-liter R diesel engine which, in a novel concept, first passes the intake air through a low-pressure turbocharger from where it is forced into a high-pressure turbocharger for maximum boost: 158kw (215ps) and 47kg.m of peak torque (461 Nm), an astonishing figure which endows the R Engine wîth a power density in excess of 70kw per liter putting Hyundai diesel technology in the same class as any leading German automaker. When its low-end torque of 30kg.m is compared wîth the 19kg.m of low-end torque delivered by the standard R Engine, one quickly appreciates the value of dual-stage turbocharging.
The R Engine is mated to a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic gearbox. Even at maximum loads, the engine does not incur fuel consumption penalties thanks to its high capacity for exhaust gas recirculation which also benefits efforts to reduce NOx emissions. The R Engine is assured of meeting future, more stringent EÚ-5/6 exhaust emission standards. ( posted on conceptcarz.com) Mass production of the R Engine is scheduled to begin wîth the standard (single turbocharged) version in 2009 wîth the dual-stage turbocharged edition arriving in the first half of 2011.
Hyundai at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show• HED-5 concept: six-seater wîth advanced materials and versatility
• World premiere of a range of Eco-Dynamic vehicles
• World premiere of the new Matrix
A stunning new concept car, low-emission versions of Hyundai production models and a facelifted version of the Matrix will make the Hyundai stand a 'must-see' at the Geneva motor show next month.
Star attraction will be the HED-5, a six seat MPV that promises a new level of versatility combined wîth exceptional fuel economy. The revolutionary materials and construction techniques have been developed in co-operation wîth innovation partners such as Recaro, Bayer and LG.
A new package of innovations to be revealed at the show demonstrates how existing technology can make a significant (up to 29 percent) reduction in CO2 emissions, without punitive penalties in price, performance or driving enjoyment. This 'near production' package represents a realistic and achievable advance in reduced emissions and fuel consumption.
Another model making its debut will be the 2008 Matrix mini MPV. The exterior styling is given a contemporary new look and is complemented by a refreshed range of colours. The interior is also adapted to bring it into line wîth other current Hyundai models.Source - Hyundai
Hyundai HED-5 'i-Mode' Concept Makes North American Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show with new Eco-friendly powertrain2.0-liter, Four-cylinder Turbo Engine wîth Gasoline Direct Injection Approved for Ú.S. Market Intro in 2010
Hyundai unveiled the HED-5 'i-Mode' concept at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show today, featuring an all-new, eco-friendly powertrain making its first-ever appearance for Hyundai. The six-passenger family crossover, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, combines visionary styling wîth future technologies and advanced eco-dynamics.
For its North American debut, Hyundai added a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine wîth state-of-the-art Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) that improves efficiency and reduces emissions. The HED-5 i-Mode concept and the new powerplant, called the Theta Turbo GDI, have been green lighted for the Ú.S. market. Variants of the engine will appear in various Hyundai models. Timing and specifications for a production version of a family crossover similar to HED-5 i-Mode are currently in development.
HED-5 'i-Mode' Concept Highlights*Six-seater monocab design
*World debut of turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine wîth Gasoline Direct Injection
*High-end materials and advanced eco-dynamics
*Únique Swivel Seat concept
*Futuristic communications and entertainment system
'The HED-5 i-Mode concept provides a glimpse into the future of travel, incorporating innovative weight-saving technologies, a modern fuel-efficient four-cylinder direct injection turbo, and a flexible interior package,' said John Krafcik, vice president, Product Development and Strategic Planning, Hyundai Motor America.
All-new Theta Turbo GDI
For the Ú.S. market, the HED-5 i-Mode reveals a first-ever powerplant for Hyundai, the Theta Turbo GDI. The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine uses gasoline direct injection technology. By injecting the fuel directly inside the cylinder in small, precise amounts, the performance and response of the engine improve thanks to the intake charge cooling. Both fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions improve due to the improved combustion. Combine GDI wîth turbo charging and the result is exceptional power output. The engine has capacity for up to 286 horsepower, greater than most six-cylinder engines on the market, while improving fuel economy by 15-20 percent. The Theta Turbo GDI includes Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) to further improve efficiency. This ultra-efficient, high-tech gasoline engine will be fitted in various Hyundai models in future model years.
HED-5 Cross- Collaboration Drives Packaging and Technology Advancements
Hyundai continues cross- cooperation to speed new technologies to market through such partners as Bayer MaterialScience AG, Keiper and LG Electronics. The cooperation wîth Bayer MaterialScience enabled the complex curvature and radical design of the HED-5 to be implemented sooner. The materials used are lighter and more adaptable than the metal and glass they replace. This, in combination wîth a light-weight body construction, reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. 'Self-healing,' water-based finishes from Bayer add another environmentally friendly twist to the vehicle and even let minor scratches appear to 'magically' disappear, saving the need for costly repair.
Through the advanced multimedia and entertainment concept developed by LG Electronics, the vehicle becomes an extension of the digital home allowing passengers to stay connected, communicate, and interact in the car and beyond. Access to the Web, video games, movies or video phones are possible through the pop-down touch-screen displays and Webcams located in the overhead console. A wireless network, cable-free keyboards, game controllers, and headphones further personalize the entertainment experience.
Hyundai's engineering partner, Keiper, supported the HED-5 i-Mode project wîth the exclusive world premiere of its new and unique Swivel Seat concept. The first-row passenger seat flips to face second- and third-row occupants. Additionally, the second-row bench slides rearward to increase comfort and create a social space for communication.
The i-Mode Design
An innovative mechanism enables the sliding door to be free from conventional inner and outer guide rails. When the doors are opened, the lack of a B-pillar enables a feeling of space and remarkable accessibility to the generous interior.
The Hyundai design team worked extensively wîth new composite materials to enable unconventional and irregular shapes. The architecture of the HED-5 i-Mode is supported by an external frame protecting the space within, like a shell. In cooperation wîth Bayer MaterialScience, the HED-5 i-Mode is the first vehicle to feature the new 'BayVision' glazing system and Collimator headlight lenses made from Makrolon®. This innovative glazing alternative enables extended transparent areas, further reducing weight.
Through the innovative door opening mechanism, the interior of the HED-5 i-Mode reveals an inviting landscape of softly sculpted shapes and advanced technology. The first step into the vehicle reveals the elegant application of natural materials. Soft, silky leather in warm and natural brown tones provides a level of comfort normally reserved for the home. Attention is immediately drawn to the seats, which offer first-class comfort combining a modern, floating look wîth innovative functionality, enabling the occupants to experience the lounge atmosphere without the limitations of a conventional automotive interior layout.
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