Hyundai unveil the Hexa Space concept at the New Dehli Show.
Hyundai Hexa Space
Hyundai Motor Company has held the world premiere of its newest concept, a multi-purpose vehicle called “Hexa Space” at the Auto Expo 2012 in New Delhi. The new concept vehicle focuses on the use of interior space.
Hexa Space, codenamed HND-7, carries Hyundai’s characteristic “Fluidic Sculpture” design language, including the bold character lines on the side panels. Inside, Hexa Space incorporates other elements of family design, such as Hyundai’s distinctive hexagonal grille, which is applied to the seat designs.
The vehicle features eight slim, hexagonally shaped seats that fit together like puzzle pieces, maximizing internal space while minimizing vehicle width. From honeycombs to architecture, the hexagon is known as an optimum shape for space efficiency. Hexa Space is targeted at young urban families in their 30s and 40s. These customers need their vehicles to serve many roles and Hexa Space satisfies those needs with its unique seat design.
The seats offer multiple configurations for seating – centre seats fold flat for greater comfort, the second row folds flat to create a limousine function, the back row folds flat for light-cargo use. In addition, seven seats fold flat for heavy hauling and all eight fold flat for camping. The centre seat in the first two rows of Hexa Space is positioned slightly behind the seats on either side, allowing passengers to sit three-abreast without feeling cramped.
Getting in and out of Hexa Space is easy, thanks to its innovative door design. The rear doors lift out and slide back, creating wide-open entry on each side.
Hexa Space’s interior is completed with high-tech features, including a touch-screen centre console, a push-button shifter and a cluster ionizer air purifier. Several storage spaces are tucked throughout the interior. Despite the roomy interior, Hexa Space maintains a narrow overall width, key for manoeuvring crowded urban streets. Hexa Space shares a platform with Hyundai’s compact ix20 and is only slightly wider.
Externally, Hexa Space is 4,300 mm long, 1,820 mm wide and 1,647 mm high, giving it substantial headroom. The wheelbase is 2,750 mm and runs on 19-inch tires. Hexa Space is powered by Hyundai’s Kappa 1.2-liter turbo GDI engine, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.