Hyundai’s design studio in Rüsselsheim, Germany, was the source of the Ix-onic compact SUV concept on display at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. The five-seat design, measuring 4400 mm (173.2 in) long, 1850 mm (72.8 in) wide, and 1650 mm (65.0 in) tall, is slightly larger than a European C-segment hatchback and is said to offer the on-road driving dynamics and off-road ability of an SUV.
The Ix-onic offered the first sight of Hyundai’s 1.6-L four-cylinder engine with turbocharging and gasoline direct injection, delivering maximum power of 170 PS (125 kW). Combined with idle stop and go, a six-speed dual-clutch automated transmission, and drive to all four wheels through an “intelligent” transmission system, the Ix-onic emits a claimed 149 g/km of carbon dioxide on the EU combined test cycle.
External design features include a rear window constructed from Lexan plastic developed in cooperation with SABIC Innovative Plastics. Hyundai says this has enabled designers to give the rear window a much more three-dimensional shape. Integrated spoilers on each side of the rear window are designed to reduce aerodynamic drag. The composite window also incorporates the roof spoiler in the top section.
Other features include LED daytime running lights. Part of the display moves downwards automatically when the dipped beam headlamps are switched on.
Inside, an X-shaped visual theme is repeated throughout the cabin. The floor is covered with an ice blue ribbed carpet, the ice blue reflected in the trim seams. Fabric with a greater focus on breathability is used for the seat center panels. A blind-spot-warning light is incorporated in the rearview mirror.