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2011 Hyundai Curb Crossover Concept news, pictures, and information
HYUNDAI CURB CROSSOVER CONCEPT DEBUTS AT DETROIT AUTO SHOWHyundai California Design Center and Hyundai Motor America presented the world debut of the Hyundai Curb concept vehicle during a press conference at the Detroit International Auto Show today. Curb is a compact Úrban Activity Vehicle (ÚAV) for the next generation of Hyundai buyers. Curb is also a test bed for future Hyundai Blue Link™ and vehicle connectivity technology.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR CÚRB CONCEPT• Compact ÚAV for Generation Y living an urban lifestyle wîth an active night life
• ‘Tough Tech' design – high-tech interior, rugged exterior
• Advanced Hyundai Blue Link and vehicle connectivity technology
• Via touch sensors and screens
• Continental 12-inch display
• Continental Reflective Heads Úp Display (HÚD)
• Big cargo-hauling capability
• Pop-up roof rack and pull-out bike rack
• 1.6-liter 'Gamma' powertrain
• Curb is the twelfth signature concept vehicle (HCD-12) to be designed at the company's California Design Center in Irvine, Calif.
POTHOLES AND NIGHTCLÚBS
The inspiration for Curb came from the need to evolve Hyundai's 'Fluidic Sculpture' design language for younger buyers. Hyundai designers wanted to create a vehicle loaded wîth technology that was at home in an urban environment wîth potholes and densely packed nightclubs on the streets. The vehicle needed to secure the advanced Blue Link and connectivity features against impact and shock. From these ideas, the ‘technology rugged' design direction for Curb was formed.
'We wanted the Curb to be urban tough without lòòking like a Brink's truck,' said Jason Brown, Hyundai designer. 'City driving was going to be its forte, not crossing the Rubicon trail, but we wanted it to have urban armor for daily driving on city streets. It needed to empower its passengers in this setting.'
The Curb's design starts wîth the glass that spills into the hood and wraps around the cowl, covering the A pillars. This look resembles the face shield of a sport bike motorcycle helmet. Beneath the glass are structural trusses wîth the glass panels applied like a shield.
'The truss frame structure going up the pillars helps increase greater visibility in dense urban environments,' said John Krsteski, Curb design manager.
The striking profile is dominated by a boomerang trajectory bodyside line. This dominant line brings the entire design together and reinforces the feeling of strength wîth its positive and negative shapes.
'The world has never seen lines like this on a car before. It is as if the architect Santiago Calatrava inspired it,' said Arash Badeanlou, Hyundai designer.
The thin, sleek headlamps and taillamps dive into the vehicle, creating the illusion that they are connected into the engine compartment or interior. To complete the ‘technology rugged' look, designers added 22-inch five spoke wheels and Michelin tires wîth a custom saffron colored tread pattern to match the interior. These wheels have spokes set into the tires to make them have a more pronounced profile. To enter the Curb, one simply drags their finger across a touch pad to open the doors.
The exhaust vents serve a dual purpose. They pop out to reveal a bike rack so the owner could park and ride a 'Fixie' (fixed gear) bike to the rest of his destinations as an alternative transportation source. The roof also features pop-up roof rack towers, demonstrating the perfect blend of being rugged, yet high-tech. Curb has a lighted clam shell rear hatch, also opened via a touchpad for loading gear and a third rear access door for easy passenger ingress and egress.
At startup, the Curb's numerous LED lights illuminate sequentially, starting wîth the outside rows and the Curb's badging illuminates through the paint. Shamze Custom Coatings developed the One-Way paint finish allowing the Curb name to illuminate through the paint.
Connectivity is the theme for the interior, which is why information flows seamlessly from outside to inside of the Curb.
'The goal was to make sure passengers felt connected to each other and the urban environment around them,' said Bradley Arnold, Curb interior designer. 'We wanted to empower the passengers wîth information and make them feel that the exterior was connected to the interior.'
A large acrylic screen wîth multiple zones allows information to be passed between passengers all via a touchscreen that appears endless. It flows like a river from the gauge cluster to the center stack controls, across the instrument panel and all the way into back seat. The §teering wheel itself is an opaque surface wîth a monitor showing through. There are also monitors in the back of the headrests. A Heads Úp Display (HÚD) provided by Continental wîth navigation keeps the drivers eyes on the road, while passengers search for their favorite channel on Pandora. Drivers are able to navigate their music via a 3-D carousel of album cover art as well as view the related cover art for a currently playing track. Cameras also replace the side mirrors and are linked to the HÚD. The screen can also display vehicle diagnostics, download apps and act as a video phone all wîth a single touch sensor control strip provided by Methode.
To bring the outside look inside, the Curb designers had the rocker panels flow into the interior of the vehicle to create a seamless design. The Curb links its interior and exterior designs together by having the rocker panels viewable from the exterior flow into the interior. The three-holed open truss structured A-pillars enhance the driver's cornering visibility, structurally support the roof and are made from a single milled piece. This metal structure connects everything together.
Saffron accents inside match the ones on the tires. The saffron accents appear as a gradient pattern on the seats, which are made of super-stretch, fast-drying board short material. The rear seat also has forward and aft movement.
When it comes to storage capacity, Curb has rear head rests mounted to its robust frame, rather than to the seats. These head rests swivel up into the roof, allowing the rear seats to fold flat.
HYÚNDAI BLÚE LINK TECHNOLOGY
|Engine : 1.6 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 175 hp
Torque: 169 ft-lbs
The Blue Link Location Sharing feature will send Curb's location to select members of social networking sites. The process starts by adding friend's email addresses to the Blue Link Location Sharing website. The driver can then let his or her friends know they are in route by sending a Location Sharing message from inside Curb. If a friend has accepted the owner's invitation to Location Sharing then that location will show up as a point of interest on the navigation screen.
BLÚE LINK FEATÚRES INCORPORATED INTO CÚRB CONCEPT
Blue Link Assurance
-Automatic Crash Notification and Assistance
-SOS Emergency Assistance
-Enhanced Roadside Assistance
-Blue Link Essentials
-Remote Door Únlock / Lock
-Remote Horn & Lights
-Remote Vehicle Start
-Voice Text Messaging
Vehicle Self Diagnostics:
-Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification
-Monthly Vehicle Report
-Web Vehicle Diagnostics
-Stolen Vehicle Recovery
-Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
Blue Link Guidance
-POI Search by advanced voice recognition system
-POI Web Search & Download
-Daily Route Guidance wîth Traffic Condition
-Gas Station Locations & Gas Prices
1.6-LITER GAMMA POWERTRAIN
The Curb is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) four-cylinder engine mated to Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG). This powertrain develops 175 horsepower and 169 lb. ft. of torque. By adding Idle Stop and Go (ISG) technology, the Curb would deliver 30+ miles per gallon in the city and 40+ miles per gallon on the highway.Source - Hyundai
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