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Hyundai showcases efficient Tucson concept model line-up

Hyundai showcases efficient Tucson concept model line-up

Hyundai showcased a range of innovative fuel efficiency and connectivity technologies at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

The brand's two new fuel-efficient concepts underline Hyundai's capabilities in advanced drivetrain technologies, providing an insight into how Hyundai vehicles could look in the future.

Based on the new Tucson platform, the 48V Hybrid technology is a cost-efficient way to cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions significantly. Compared to a full hybrid system, the 48V system delivers similar efficiency, for only a quarter of the cost.

The show car promises to boost power of the 2.0-litre diesel with six-speed manual transmission by 10 per cent, while emitting only 109 g/km of CO2 emissions. The 48V Hybrid Concept's combined power pack  a 135bbp engine alongside a 13bhp electric motor  generates 149bhp and 413 Nm of torque.

Meanwhile, Hyundai's concept plug-in-hybrid vehicle (PHEV), also based on the Tucson platform, is equipped with a 1.7-litre diesel engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, both available in the latest Tucson line-up.

The engine generates 114bhp and is accompanied by a 67bhp electric motor and a 10,7 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, which enables the car to drive in pure-electric mode for more than 50km. The combined engine has a maximum power of 182bhp and delivers an impressive 474 Nm of torque. Hyundai engineers estimate CO2 emissions of less than 48 g/km.

For greater driver engagement, the plug-in-hybrid concept is equipped with a four-mode drive selection. The 'Auto' mode operates all systems for highest fuel efficiency, while the 'Zero Emission Vehicle' (ZEV) mode uses only the electric motor. In '4WD' mode, both engines operate to enable all-wheel-drive functionality, while 'Sport' mode improves performance characteristics of both engines.

by: Sophie Williamson-Stothert