• Feb 8, 2010
Hyundai HED-5 – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's been nearly two years since the Hyundai HED-5 concept bowed at the Geneva Motor Show, but in late 2008, the Korean automaker announced that a production version of the compact crossover would arrive in 2010. And here it is.

Spied while testing in Northern Scandinavia, Hyundai's unnamed answer to the Opel Zafira gets substantially toned down from its conceptual predecessor, although shades of Hyundai's new "Fluidic Sculpture" design language are peering through the camo.

The hood's squat proportions are balanced by the acres of windshield, and if there wasn't enough glass up front, Hyundai has seen fit to add a set of small windows aft of the A-pillars. Even with the camouflage covering much of the rear hatch, it's obvious that the mini-'ute is destined to provide plenty of cargo space, and judging by the size of the rear doors, back seat passengers won't be wanting for legroom.

Although the original HED-5 concept was powered by a 2.2-liter diesel putting out 212 horsepower and 340 lb.-ft. of torque, when Hyundai announced production plans for the crossover, it mentioned a new 286-hp, 2.0-liter Theta Turbo GDI engine. When it eventually makes it to markets abroad, expect either the 115-hp 1.7-liter diesel from the ix35 concept or a 136-hp 2.0-liter oilburner to be available, along with a few choice gasoline powerplants. No word on U.S. availability, but we wouldn't be surprised to see the production version on the show stand in Geneva next month.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      286hp? wow! i want one!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Big deal if Hyundai doesnt get #1 in US sales. Id rather the make the best cars in the world, than be number 1.

      After the way Americans have treated Hyundai and its owners in the past. Laughed at us, called us Felons, poor college students, retirees, and all of that crap. The US market should be lucky that Hyundai would even give them the best product they have to offer After treating us in he manner we have been treated.

      Hyundai treats England like crap, and for good reason. With the way they talk, Hyundai shouldnt sell cars there at all. Treat them like Renault, Citroen etc... treats Americans.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice bit of camo. I can't figure out that how that rear side-door belt line dip fits in at all with the rest of the design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      talk about Hyundai wanting to jump into every car segment lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      http://www.users.on.net/~pbm/PMMCarBlogs/Peter_McMutry_Car_Blogs_Home/Archive.html for all the details. It's a Zafira/Touran size MPV known as HED-5 i_mode, or i30 MPV or iM30
      • 4 Years Ago
      HED-5 has been greenlighted for US production, and if Autoblog were to check its archives, Im quite sure its in there somewhere.

      Its a C-Segment product, so this will end up most likely as a
      next Gen Elantra Touring for US consumption
      • 4 Years Ago
      http://www.users.on.net/~pbm/PMMCarBlogs/Peter_McMutry_Car_Blogs_Home/Archive.html for all the details. It's a Zafira/Touran size MPV known as HED-5 i_mode, or i30 MPV or iM30
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Gimme HED"?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Red driver's seat eh? This would be cool if they offer it with a red interior...
      • 4 Years Ago
      However, the ix-25 had its own concept too, The ix-metro. It would be slly to use 2 concepts for the same car.

      • 4 Years Ago
      That small sedan in the background is a Cruze. They like to take a convoy of competitive products with them. If they are taking a Cruze with them, Then they are benchmakring some point on in the Cruze to a particular part of this with. Maybe Cruze handles good in the snow, and they wanted to benchmark that to exceed it?

      Yeah, this is probably Elantra Touring
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ew, look at that dip in the rear door. It's weirder than the Genesis Coupe's.
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