Hyundai has revealed a sensational retort to the Peugeot 307 and Renault Mégane with the CCS concept. Based on today's Coupe, a final production version is tipped to enter production in 2005, powered by the existing Coup's 165bhp 2.7-litre V6.
The Karmann-developed panoramic glass roof has a sunroof-style sliding section, but also folds away completely to turn the coup into a convertible. The roof drops in 25 seconds, and Hyundai claims it has fewer pivots and moving parts than previous systems. As a result, the drop-top's weight penalty over the standard Coupe is kept to 140kg.
The CCS also hints at a future facelift for today's Coupe, with new light clusters and redesigned 18-inch alloys giving the otherwise identical styling a fillip.
Hyundai claims the CCS almost matches the Coupe for rigidity; it has also revised the rear suspension to increase luggage capacity and compensate for the roof stowage area.
Meanwhile, Hyundai's engineers are busy working on a secret new model that will hit showrooms before the CCS – this Toyota Rav4 rival photographed by our spies.