Hyundai introduced a new concept today, that takes inspiration from a history of spacecraft. The new Hyundai ix-Metro Concept has impressive fuel consumption figures as well, but its looks are a bit controversial

Hyundai lifted the curtain on their latest creation, the Hyundai ix-Metro concept, at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier today.  The car has suicide doors on both sides, to make it easier for passengers to get in and out of the small, urban car.

If you think the interior looks a bit space-age, then Hyundai accomplished their goal.  The cabin is modeled after the "protective capsule" concept, incorporating the console, dash, doors, and seats.  “For thematic inspiration interior designers took a cue from the humble pine cone and its natural, elegant fragmentation of a spherical object,” Interior Design Manager Sandy Hartono said in a press release.  Hyundai was a tad unoriginal in using pale blue mood lighting inside.  This color choice also makes it on to the OEL information display in the center.  Sideview mirrors are replaced with cameras, but we could not figure out where the cameras' images are projected..

The exterior of the vehicle was meant to be inspired by the American space program, and classic sci-fi movies.  Designed in white and black, the vehicle is meant to look like a spacecraft.  Unfortunately, it looks a bit more on the obnoxious side.  Still, the use of triangular lines is interesting, and worthy of future use in a redux.

With no b-pillars, visibility is improved.  Engineers designed the car's ground clearance, and the driver's seating position, to further decrease blindspots.  Stability control, anti-lock brakes, and four airbags would all be standard safety features on the vehicle.

Hyundai's study uses a 1.0-liter GDI turbocharged engine, paired to a six-speed dual clutch transmission, that produces 123 horsepower.  Weighing in at a scant 950kg the vehicle manages an impressive 3.3-liters of fuel consumption per 100 kilometers.  This also helps the car's cleanliness: the vehicle puts out 80 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

The Hyundai ix-Metro concept will be on the Hyundai stage for the duration of the Frankfurt show.

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