February 11, 2016, 9:30 PM
Hyundai Canada has introduced what it calls an Urban Utility Vehicle geared to buyers who want to experience the ordinary to North Americans at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto.
The Hyundai Enduro lifestyle CUV concept (which had its world debut at the Seoul Motor Show in April 2015) combines the look of a sport utility (that’s obvious!) with that of an endurance rally motorcycle (not so much!) says Hyundai. In size and presentation, it seems a worthy competitor for the current Nissan Juke and the coming-soon Toyota C-HR. The only difference is that both of those have four doors and the Enduro only has two (at least in concept form).
The nose features a different take on the Hyundai hexagonal grille and an aluminum blade looping from each front fender, along the bottom front corner to the grille, mimicking a look reminiscent of the front wings of open-wheel racers.
Like today’s crossovers, Enduro features a raised floor and body cladding around the fenders and along the lower bodysides, which also feature a step behind the doors to make it easier to step up to load and unload the roof rack. The door handles sit flush to the body work and the rear mirrors have been replaced by high-mounted cameras.
The very familiar Hyundai rear end features a large hatch door with LED taillights that wrap around the sides of the rear window, and an aluminum piece along the bottom of the bumper housing centre-mounted trapezoidal twin tailpipes similar to those on the current Veloster. An interesting storage drawer integrated into the rear bumper accommodates wet or dirty sports equipment
Inside, the cabin is a combination of comfort, toughness and sophistication, with the latter evident in the multi-information display of the instrument panel and the instrument cluster. The interior design them is apparently “sporty” with various touchpoints in the cabin evoking the feel of sports equipment — a racing bike’s wheel and spoke on the steering wheel, for example, or door handles meant to evoke the look of an off-road bike.
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