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by Tim Beissmann

Hyundai has released the first two sketches of its new compact crossover concept – the Hyundai Curb – ahead of its debut at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.

The images reveal a vehicle smaller than the current ix35, similar in proportion and philosophy to the quirky Nissan Juke sub-compact SUV.

Perhaps most interesting is that Hyundai says the Curb’s styling is an evolution of the latest ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language of the i45 and fifth-generation Elantra (also called MD and Avante) – so it could provide a revealing insight into the direction of future Hyundai design.

The Curb has all the classic concept features: enormous alloys, a significant lack of mirrors and door handles, and a science fiction interior from another world (seemingly one where seatbelts aren’t compulsory).

All this suggests a production version of the Curb could be a fair way off, if it ever materialises at all.

More will be revealed on Monday January 10 when the Hyundai Curb concept lines up alongside the production-ready Hyundai Veloster at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.




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