2007 HCD10 Hyundai Hellion

The Hyundai Design and Technical Center and Hyundai Motor America presented the world debut of the HCD10 Hyundai Hellion concept during a press conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show today. Hellion is a compact three-door sport crossover designed with attitude and independence creating its unmistakable character.

"The HCD10 Hyundai Hellion was designed to appeal to a diverse individualist customer," said Joel Piaskowski, chief designer at the Hyundai Design Center. "Mindset and attitude are becoming the modern way to define new market segments and we feel the Hellion concept will do that. Hellion brings a new attitude to the Hyundai family. It’s the sibling who’s a bit mischievous and always outspoken."
 

Architecture

 
Hellion’s architecture was inspired by a tough, hardshell backpack that uses ribs to provide structural and visual strength. To support this, Hyundai used three ultra-lightweight structural ribs to create Hellion’s safety cage. These ribs connect to a suspended surfboard-shaped spine. Hellion’s ribcage not only provides protection for its occupants, but also adds visual rigidity and shape. By stretching the sheet metal skin away from the common body surface, the ribs give Hellion a new kind of organic ruggedness.
 

HCD10 Hyundai Hellion

Exterior design


"The proportions of the HCD10 Hyundai Hellion make it look and feel tough," said Marc Mainville, senior designer at the Hyundai Design Center. "Short overhangs allow for excellent attack angles for off-roading and the skid plates, muscular wheel flares and tow hooks convey Hellion’s strength."
 
The Hyundai Hellion’s front design explores how new organic structural forms could look on future Hyundai trucks. Hellion’s stance is wide and its face is assertive, with piercing headlights angled towards its dominant grille. A prominent hood scoop enhances Hellion’s rally car demeanor while the clamshell hood utilizes exposed latches for easy access to the engine
bay. The windshield’s fast rake provides a very sporty character to an otherwise stout profile. Front and rear bumpers are distinguished from the organic body shape with a darker, durable wrinkle-finish paint supported by functional aluminum skid plates that wrap underneath the vehicle.
 
The rear of the Hellion continues the bold design theme. Hellion’s taillights emphasize the tapering of the greenhouse and the wide sculpture of the wheel flares by being cantilevered off the rear quarter glass. Dual chrome exhaust tips are fitted between the bumper and skid plate to complete the integrated appearance.
 
A removable canvas soft-top roof adds to the independent spirit of the Hyundai Hellion. The roof’s fabric has a subtle abstracted camouflage pattern, but any pattern can be requested by the customer to personalize their vehicle. The exterior is finished in a Dakar Gold paint scheme recognizing the famous Rally Race and its influence on the design. The 20-inch aluminum wheels are constructed in two pieces and are Teflon(R)-coated to resist build-up of the elements.
 

HCD10 Hyundai Hellion

Interior design

 
Hellion’s efficient, two-box design and three-door package gives the driver and passengers a tidy, functional environment from which to navigate.
 
"The HCD10 Hyundai Hellion has a consistent design theme unifying the interior and exterior resulting in a very cohesive concept car," said Martin Frost, senior designer at the Hyundai Design Center. "The exterior is reflected throughout the interior with stretched surfaces creating interesting negative forms contributing to the perception of space."
 
The ribs on the exterior are evident on the interior as they grow from the side panels to encapsulate the occupants and suspend an overhead console running the length of the interior. The console houses integrated interior lighting and a drop-down LCD monitor for rear-seat entertainment.
 
The customizable camouflage pattern used on the exterior of the removable roof has been scaled down and trimmed as accent panels on the four race- inspired bucket seats. The interior is composed of glossy white accents and matte aluminum details contrasting with the black Desert Night interior giving Hellion a crisp, modern look.
 
The HCD10 Hyundai Hellion’s compact exterior appearance belies its abundant interior space. Inventive cargo and storage spaces make the Hellion gear-ready. The seat-mounted gear packs transform into fully functional backpacks via push-button releases, allowing drivers and passengers to continue their adventures on foot. In addition, convenient hideaway drawers push out from the front of each seat. Storage is also found along the center console and there are two lids with translucent strips for easy access to belongings.
 
The Hyundai Hellion includes extras that will help drivers take on rugged driving conditions while providing necessary amenities to keep the driver and passengers nestled in relative comfort. As an example, the bucket seats are equipped with a unique hydration system. A removable, refillable reservoir inside each seat replaces the common cupholder. The fluids are accessed by a pump-assisted flow tube that is attached to each seat allowing the individual to hydrate with ease. This hands-free hydration system allows the driver and passengers to focus on the road and scenery.
 
The instrument panel-mounted information display indicates the status of all in-car systems. Immediate control over climate and audio functions are facilitated via the control panel directly below the monitor. Navigation and more involved instructions are directed through the console-mounted mouse.
 

HCD10 Hyundai Hellion

Performance

 
Performance had to equal the outspoken styling, so the Hyundai Hellion has been outfitted with an eco-friendly 3.0-liter V6 Common-rail Diesel engine (CRDi) with 236 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission to fit Hellion’s performance demands. The Hellion also comes with 4WD, further underscoring the capability aspects of this CUV.
 

Technology

 
The HCD10 Hyundai Hellion is equipped with next-generation technology including:

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Shift-by-Wire Transmission
  • Wireless Internet
  • Navigation
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

10 comments:

I would agree with them. Hellion really looks so awful but a unique one. I love the customizable camouflage pattern that they used for the exterior design of this car. The technology features sounds great for it.

I think CUTE is the right term to call on this car. It’s ugly but interesting. Its unique exterior gives it is kind of aggressive appeal. The car looks light to drive. Is there any other color for this Hellion?

I either, I found it kind of awful but a unique one. The front is so aggressive, but the interior is so cool for me. I’m also curious if what is its engine specification and did they really put it on the market?

I really love the aggressive look of this Hellion and for me it is not really ugly at all. I just found it so unique and they are right that the customizable camouflage pattern of this car is really impressive.

must agree with them that this Hellion really looks so awful but a unique one. I love the customizable camouflage pattern that they used for the exterior design of this car. The technology feature sounds great for it.

Looks so aggressive for me especially with its front design and front light. It seems that Hyundai Hellion is mad. hahaha

Me either, I found it kinda awful but a unique one. The front is so aggressive, but the interior is so cool for me.

I found it so awful, I can’t believe that Hyundai had a car like this. Sure, the technology is really impressive but the looks is really awful. One thing, I love about this Hellion is its technologies and the futuristic interior design.

Yeah! It is only kind of cute at first sight but when you really stare at this, hmmn you will realize that it was really not cute, but I must say that I love the technologies of this one. It is great, I guess.

why didn’t hyundai make it into market? well it’s kinda cute than the Kia Soul.

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