- The ‘Carlino’ showcases Hyundai Motor’s vision for compact, urban mobility
- Unique fashion-led design also provides lifestyle versatility
- Innovative ‘plug and play’ platform introduces the future of car customization
Hyundai Motor, South Korea’s largest automaker, today unveiled its vision for the future of urban mobility with the world-premiere of the ‘Carlino’ at the 2016 Auto Expo in New Delhi, India. The compact utility vehicle concept presents a multi-functional solution for the next generation of car buyers.
The Carlino is the latest in a succession of concepts from the Hyundai Design Center in Namyang, South Korea, illustrating the company’s future design direction. As a continuation of Hyundai Motor’s conceptual studies, the Carlino sets its own trend, with a fashionable and unique design that gives customers a glimpse of Hyundai Motor’s vision for future urban mobility.
The concept car is a unique proposition, breaking conventions and making an urban statement with its unique design and stylish exterior. At less than four meters in length, its compact proportions exude a cool, modern and simple finish that presents the ideal first car to the next generation of style-focused motorists. Its multi-functional nature makes it the perfect utility vehicle for a variety of lifestyles, diverse enough to be comfortable off-road or on the highway.
Representing an evolution of Hyundai’s design philosophy, the Carlino’s exterior appeal starts with its unique lamp design, setting the tone for its fashionable and sporty features.
Its individuality is expressed further with the subtle use of colors and graphics, reflecting its ability to suit a variety of lifestyles.
Like its exterior, the Carlino interior provides flexibility in its design, merging fashion, function and the latest technologies. The innovative ‘plug and play’ platform will appeal to the varied lifestyle demands of buyers and the option to completely customize in-car technology options will suit those coming to the market for the first time.
Available features include interchangeable audio, visual and navigation units, plus a wireless rear view camera to provide greater all-round vision for drivers. Each item can be swapped in or out, giving greater choice for users to specify components to suit their needs.
Other integrated features bring added convenience and safety for drivers, with a push start button providing ease of use, in addition to electric folding side mirrors. The Carlino promises to keep occupants safe in all environments, with six air bags and Hill Start Assist Control providing additional driver support.
The Carlino’s versatility is perfectly encapsulated by its unique tires, developed in collaboration with Kumho Tires. As well as enhancing the utilitarian appeal and elevating the SUV’s profile, they also contribute to safety with a number of features that offer versatility and adventure, with the wide shoulder block design maximizing mud traction.
The tire’s line and square tread shape also combines with specially-developed ‘stone ejectors’ to prevent particles from lodging in the tread grooves. Another unique feature is the 3D honeycomb blocks, designed to provide near-silent running on highways. Combined with the other innovative tire design elements, this feature contributes to unrivalled handling performance on all terrains, to ensure the Carlino is as versatile as it looks.