Korean automaker Hyundai has revealed the first image of an electric concept due to hit the show stands at Geneva next week.

Rather than a pure battery-electric vehicle though, the "i-oniq" concept uses a gasoline range-extending engine to keep the vehicle moving when the batteries die.

The i-oniq looks like being more efficient than larger range-extended vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Fisker Karma though.

Its relatively small size means only a 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder gasoline engine is required to generate power, and lithium-ion batteries power a 108-horsepower electric motor. In electric mode alone, range is 74.5 miles, and with assistance from the engine that figure rises to 435 miles.

CO2 emissions are only 45 grams per kilometer, or 72.4 g/mi. That's enough to even undercut vehicles like the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In.

It's a stylish beast too, representing Hyundai's new-found design confidence. Expensive-looking chrome accents highlight the front grille and the sides of the car, and the multiple-spoked wheels have dark and light highlights. Unlike Hyundai's current sports hatchback, the Veloster, it's also mercifully gimmick-free - no asymmetrical doors here.

The interior is said to be high-technology and luxurious, a "lounge-style space" with sculptured surfaces inspired by musical instruments - we'll wait until we've seen it to pass judgement on that.

The i-oniq concept will debut on March 6 at the Geneva Motor Show. For more information from Geneva, check out our dedicated show page.


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