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Hyundai HED-5 prototype captured by Rich Truesdell of Automotive Traveler

Our buddy Rich Truesdell over at Automotive Traveler was out at one of his favorite spy shot locales and came across some Hyundai prototypes under wraps. Among them was a hatchback that Rich initially figured was the new Accent. It turns out it's more likely the production version of the Hyundai HED-5 undergoing testing.

The Elantra-based competitor for the Mazda5 and the forthcoming Ford Grand C-Max – was first shown as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2008, and then again in Los Angeles where Hyundai quickly confirmed it for production. Things got a bit quiet after that until February of this year when an alert reader sent us pics of a cloaked version of the production microvan undergoing testing in Scandinavia.

The three-row space wagon shows signs that it will be blessed with Hyundai's new Fluidic Sculpture styling, a design language that we are finding very appealing, despite the kooky name. We're not sure what's under the hood, but Hyundai did mention its new 286-hp, 2.0-liter Theta Turbo GDI engine as a possibility when the concept was on the stand in Los Angeles back in '08. That would certainly shake things up in this increasingly popular class, but such a powerful motor doesn't seem likely. However, were it to recceive the force-fed motor, who knows? It could singlehandedly force a business case for a Mazdaspeed5 as well. Hmmm.

Click on over to Automotive Traveler for more pics of the cloaked Hyundai HED-5.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Next Kia Rondo ?
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Still no C-Max!!! Go Ford... One Ford, One World
        • 4 Years Ago
        OMG, this th1ng and the Chevy 0rlAndo will t0tally pwn the C-MAx and tHe S-maX!!!!!111!!!

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      This is probably not relevant, but I see a cruze in the back ground. Could Hyundai be using that car to evaluate their car against the cruze as a competitor for this new Hyundai or kia model ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why would a Cruze be competing with a people mover?

        Cruze - compact sedan
        HED-5 - people mover
      • 4 Years Ago
      Forget The Car PEOPLE WAKE UP AND BUY AMERICAN. Economy isn't going to get any better if we keep buying foriegn crap
        • 4 Years Ago
        Let me guess.

        You want us to run out and buy a Korean Engineered, designed, tested, AND built Chevrolet AVEO?
      • 4 Years Ago
      3 rows of seating? Is the Volster but smaller?
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks very nice indeed, now lets all hope Hyundia cowboys up and gives it a true state of the art standard engine.
      How about a 1.6L turbo direct injection engine with 155-170 bhp or in that range, with a optional 200 bhp NA 2.4L di from the sonota as a option or standard in a all wheel drive variant.
      This and the next Elantra would be a excellent application for a 6 or 7 spd wet-clutch
      dual-clutch auto manual (aka ford powershift or vw dsg).
      But I beleive has a fairly state of the art 6 spd automatic out there also, which is almost a wash in terms of fuel efficieny.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a Hyundai Accent, 2003. Fantastic. Gets 40 MPG. No problems with it ever. I have 5 other people I know that have Hyundais. They also agree with the car being the best.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't wait for all the rabid Hyundai/KIA fanboies on this site to proclaim how beautiful this is.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is a double winner , winner for one nice looking car from Hyundai and hyundai deserves all the great reviews that it is getting.

        Next winner is to invisible for being his typical mouth foaming rabid disgruntle honda fan. I bet he is foaming at the mouth as he reads all the positive reviews and their all from me too, lol ;)

        Don't forge invisible that I am every one on here posting good reviews or maybe( insert spy music) I am a Hyundai employee posting on here as a secret agent of hyundai. Now invisible as sad as it is to end this, I have to go and buy anther 1000 hyundai and kia models today ,We hyundai employees have to do our part !

        BTW if you go to your local hyundai dealer, tell them that you can use my hyundai employee discount .
        • 4 Years Ago
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        How dare you speak negatively of Hyundai!?

        Let the vote downs commence!

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      Totally explains the announcement of the Rondo's death earlier this week. No doubt we'll see both Hyundai and Kia versions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ive reading for almost 30 years that Americans dont like Hatchbacks.
      Im waiting for at least one million of post around the net selling his Hondas and Toyota
      to buy this car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've been reading it for what seems like forever, too, and yet it fails to explain why Americans buy hatchbacks that are done RIGHT. There are a lot of hatches (Mazda3, the MINI gang, Honda Fit, Toyota Matrix etc) that are pretty damn successful here.

        Anyways, I like this and I know it's gonna be another home run for Hyundai. It reminds me of Citroen's Picasso line.
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