Hyundai Unveils 2009 ix-Metro Hybrid Crossover Concept

September 4, 2009

Following on from the Blue-Will plug-in hybrid concept car rolled out at April’s Seoul auto show, South Korean automaker Hyundai has now unveiled the all-new ix-Metro hybrid concept that’s set to appear later this month at the Frankfurt auto show. The latest model in Hyundai’s Blue Drive eco-initiative, the new ix-Metro features a wide array of new technologies designed to lower emissions and improve fuel economy.

The ix-Metro is described as a hybrid crossover designed for the European sub-B segment. The vehicle is actually the fifth in a series of concept cars to be created by Hyundai’s ‘Global Design Team’ in Namyang, South Korea, and like previous designs previews a future production model.

2009 Hyundai ix-Metro concept car

2009 Hyundai ix-Metro concept car

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Its advanced drivetrain features an inline three-cylinder gasoline engine displacing just 1.0-liter. Fuel-saving features include direct-injection, variable valve timing, forced-induction, a six-speed dual clutch transmission and an electric motor.

The story doesn’t end there as Hyundai is also set to unveil an all-electric version of its i10 minicar, which will be packing an 80 horsepower electric motor and is tipped to go on sale in South Korea in the second half of next year.

2009 Hyundai ix-Metro concept car

2009 Hyundai ix-Metro concept car

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