Hyundai introduces concept RB at Moscow International Motor Show

Hyundai has introduced the concept RB at the Moscow International Motor Show.

The car will form the basis for a production sub-compact sedan. This particular car may remain a Russian-exclusive, but a similarly good looking car is set to replace the current Accent in other markets.

When the car reaches production, it will be powered by either a 1.6L or 1.4L Gamma inline-4, with fuel injection and Continuously Variable Valve Timing. The latter will produce 122 hp and 115 lb-ft of torque, while the former will put out 105 hp and 99 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be hooked up to either a four-speed automatic transmission or five-speed manual.

Production of the final version will begin January 2011 at Hyundai’s plant in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and the car will officially join Hyundai’s lineup in the spring of that year.

Press Release

Concept RB

(Note: All specifications and details in this release are based on the model for Russia)

Moscow, Aug. 25, 2010 – Hyundai Motor Company introduced a new sub-compact family sedan concept RB at the 2010 Moscow International Motor Show (MIMS).  The RB projects a coupe-like dynamic styling that is sculpted, stately and performance-oriented.

With elegant lines that resemble a calligrapher’s “orchid strokes,” the concept RB continues Hyundai Motor’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ design philosophy that injects sophistication and dynamic angles into the shape of a vehicle.  Like any timeless work of art, the fluidic essence that characterizes molding design of Hyundai’s latest models is inspired by nature, realizing the harmonic coexistence of all things created.

The strong design hints of the production version are highlighted in concept RB’s large hexagonal front grill, headlamps and “L”-shaped fog lamps that give luxurious and exquisite looks.

When the production sub-compact sedan arrives in Russia, it will be powered by the modern Gamma engine, 1.6L or 1.4L DOHC in-line four cylinder gasoline engine that features multiport fuel injection with CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing).  By replacing the old Alpha engine with Gamma, the sedan promises more power and torque, as well as best-in-class fuel economy, in keeping with Hyundai’s pledge to be the industry’s eco-leader.  The estimated power and torque of 1.6 Gamma are respectively 124ps and 156 N.m while those of 1.4 Gamma are 107ps and 135 N.m.  The powerful and fuel-efficient Gamma engine will be mated to a four-speed automatic transmission or a standard five-speed manual transaxle.

Production version of this concept car is scheduled to begin at Hyundai’s first full-cycle plant in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Russia(HMMR) in January 2011, and will join the Hyundai lineup in the spring of 2011.

Source: Hyundai and Autoblog

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