Winding Road recently attended a media event
threw and came away with some good information. While the shindig was designed to let journos drive some of the automaker's newest models like the updated
, a Hyundai executive confirmed to the gathered scribes that the automaker is busy working on a production version of its
2005 Portico concept
. In concept guise, the
powertrain, incorporating a V6 gasoline engine supplemented by electric motors powering the front and rear wheels. It also sported large clamshell doors. We doubt we'll see either feature make it to production. They'd make a heckuva splash if they dropped this puppy into the marketplace as a hybrid, though.
The Portico will be one of five
Hyundai will bring to market by 2010 as it further solidifies its US lineup. Hopefully, that's it with the crossovers/
, though. Between this, the
, and the
, they've got that segment pretty much covered, along with the
to grab the remaining minivan people. Let's see some compelling
that continue to move the chains downfield in terms of style and quality.
[Source: Winding Road]