First Sketch: Hyundai Curb Concept

Just a few days prior to the 2011 Detroit auto show, Hyundai has teased a second vehicle that will debut alongside its production-bound Veloster. Besides the fact that it’s an SUV concept called the Curb, Hyundai has thus far given no other details beyond being told it was designed at Hyundai’s California Design Center. We will, however, have full details around 3 p.m. on Monday, January 10.

That’s not to say we can’t figure some stuff out. From the two teaser images, it appears as if the Curb will truly be a concept—meaning it’s possible we’ll see its design influence future products, but a direct take on the Curb isn’t likely to roll up to real-world curbs anytime soon. A gander at the futuristic interior reveals high-tech gadgetry like a giant, unusually shaped infotainment screen in the center stack (it boasts an iTunes-style cover-flow interface for music; the creator of the sketch apparently vibes on Mos Def and Phoenix, among others); touch-sensitive controls littered about throughout; and thin-backed bucket seats. All of this stuff would theoretically be possible today, but it will be a while before any of it actually makes it into production cars.

On the outside, the Curb’s styling looks to be a further evolution of Hyundai’s current “Fluidic Sculpture” design direction, and the whole thing is capped by a greenhouse similar to the new Land Rover Evoque’s. We also can discern that the Curb will have two full-size doors with at least one half door behind the front passenger. Large, cross-drilled rotors fill the giant wheels, and the Curb’s stance is decidedly sporty.

All in all, the Curb looks like a fun concept—check back Monday afternoon for full details and more images.

Thanks to: Car and Driver

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