Looking like an angry egg, the Hyundai ix-Metro concept integrates hybrid power into a small urban crossover that's based on its current i10 small car platform. Designed to compete in the highly competitive sub-B car segment, the ix-Metro goes up against vehicles like the Ford Ka, Toyota iQ and Fiat 500.
The ix-Metro concept, however, differs from the competition with an aggressive (as opposed to cute) grille treatment, rear-hinged back doors and a B-pillarless side opening to ease entry and exit to the rear seats. This hatchback has a crossover's tall ride height and greater ground clearance, large rocker extensions that give it a more rugged look than your typical urban commuter. This is the fifth vehicle in a series of concept cars promoting the company's Blue Drive eco-friendly technology, and it was designed in-house at Hyundai's Global Design Team in Namyang, Korea.
The hybrid system includes a turbocharged 1.0-liter inline-3 engine that features direct injection and continuous variable valve timing. The powerplant is mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission driving the front wheels. In back, a battery pack powers an electric motor, giving the ix-Metro all-wheel-drive capability.