Hyundai brings the HED-5 i-Mode concept to the Los Angeles Auto Show with a new direct-injection engine. Hyundai has just announced that the HED-5 i-Mode is slated for production will be sold in the US market.

First debuted in Geneva, Hyundai has brought the HED-5 i-Mode concept to the Los Angeles Auto Show with a new direct-injection engine it is labeling "state-of-the-art".

But doesn't state-of-the-art just mean what everyone else is already doing?

Direct-injection gasoline engines, even with variable valve timing, have been around for a while, just ask VW, but it's still cute to see an Asian brand championing this technology in a concept vehicle. The 2.0-liter Theta Turbo GDI does have a "capacity" for up to 286 hp, though. But one has to doubt whether that particular configuration for the Theta will ever see the streets.

In any case, this concept crossover does offer a unique spaciousness with its six-seat, mono-cab design. It makes use of lightweight materials, swiveling chairs, and has a sliding door without inner or outer guide rails, which may be difficult to picture but Hyundai claims it gives the interior a greater sense of roominess.

There is a multi-media on-board system provided LG Electronics with Internet connectivity and made for fun stuff like playing video games, movies or video-phoning.

The good news is that this car will go into production for the US market, as Hyundai has just announced. Details on timing will come later.

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