Hyundai has made plans to produce a Toyota iQ rival that could be on sale by next year.
The project became clear after Hyundai’s R&D department was instructed to accelerate development of a ‘green baby’.
A European Hyundai source suggested that Hyundai’s car would differ from the iQ by being funkier and perhaps more basic and functional. “It would be sort of modular and minimalist in a Citroën 2CV kind of way,” he said.
One approach under consideration involves offering a single drivetrain and trim level, a tactic used on the original Renault Twingo, but with customising packs for the cabin and paintwork.
Hyundai’s determination to maintain a full portfolio extends to rivals for Ford’s Fusion (based on the i20) and C-Max (based on the i30 platform).
The larger of the Hyundai duo, heralded by last year’s i-mode concept, should arrive in the middle of next year, with its smaller counterpart due around 12 months later.