Scooped: Hyundai mid-size MPV caught in Death Valley.

by Oct 3, 2011All News, Hyundai, Spy Shots5 comments

A surprise on the Death Valley roads, courtesy of a reader from caught a new mid-size MPV developed by Hyundai. According to current models of Korean symbols, this van could be called i55 and should be officially presented at the Los Angeles AutoShow, scheduled for 18 to 27 November 2011 (or at most in Detroit in January).

The European version should make his debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012 . In the form it should inspire the concept HED-5, presented at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show and characterized by a steeply raked windshield and side winding.

At the time the information on this van are scarce, but is said to have approved a cabin for seven passengers and will be equipped with the latest Hyundai engines, like the CRDi diesel engines 1.7/2.0 available in three power levels: 116, 136 and 184 hp. Should be combined with Start & Stop system and six-speed manual gearbox, with six-speed automatic as an option. For the US-spec version, Hyundai include at the first moment the kwnon 2.4 GDi Theta II engine with 201 hp. Will keep you informed!

Written by Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Hyundai, Kia & Genesis. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.


  1. Dönci

    I don’t think, it will be called i55, but more likely ix30, because the smaller van is called ix20 in the European market.

  2. Jose Antonio López

    I think is too large to called ix30, while the ix35 is more small than this MPV. In Europe ix55 it’s taken and ix45 its the next SantaFe. Thinking will not have available with AWD system, i would bet elect i45 or i55.

  3. Dönci

    The dimensions on a picture is very relative. I think that there are several carmakers in Europe, which has MPV’s based on compact cars like Ford C-Max (based on Focus), Volkswagen Touran (based on Golf), Opel Zafira (based on Astra). They are all 7 seater, and much bigger, than the basic compact cars.
    As Hyundai released the ix20 last year, it was said, that the “ix” prefix is not only used for the 4WD, but for cars, they offer more space inside, than it looks form outside. That’s why I think, it must have “ix” prefix in its name. So let’s say ix40? 🙂

  4. jim

    Guys, what I believe this to be is the Hyundai Portico which surfaced some time back. It was to be hyundai’s response to the mazda 5. The vehicle apparently was taken back to the drawing board. This must be what it has become. Don’t buy it? Search the hyundai portico concept and then spy shots of the hyundai portico.

  5. Peter

    Not the Portico. That is a size bigger. This is as described above the outcome of the
    HED5 concept.



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