Overview

The V-6 hybrid engine equipped Portico, a creation of Hyundai's Namyang Design and Technical Center, explores new directions in family transportation. Seating six in an innovative staggered seating plan and featuring a flexible cargo space, Portico made its world debut earlier this year at the 2005 Chicago Motor Show and is making its first appearance before the Korean public.

Neither a sedan nor an SUV, Portico provides the benefits of both designs with a car-like ride and a large, versatile and "family friendly" interior.Portico combines the functional benefits of current family vehicles in a stylish package with better drivability.

 

Design

Exterior

Portico offers a clean aesthetic appeal that delivers a feeling of strength and substance. Designers employed a unique panoramic roof design with glass that can be darkened to control the inside sunload. The unique seating configuration improves ingress and egress for six passengers and provides better legroom for all the passengers when compared to the common three-row configuration of current family vehicles.
Portico features front hinged front doors and rear hinged rear doors with a pillarless design. With both doors open, the Portico invites passengers into the high-styled interior. which can be staggered - allows for comfortable three-across seating. This seating configuration also provides much more space and volume for cargo behind the rear seat - something that three-row vehicles lack. Both front and rear seats are power-operated. A DVD-based entertainment center is provided for rear seat passengers. In front, driver and front passengers share a navigation screen and overhead console, providing key road and vehicle information.

Interior

Portico's wide stance and long wheelbase deliver lots of useful interior space. The innovative concept's key feature is the large, comfortable and versatile interior that provides three-across seating and the option of staggered seating for three in both the front seat and the second seat. Using two rows of three seats which can be staggered allows for comfortable three-across seating. This seating configuration also provides much more space and volume for cargo behind the rear seat something that three-row vehicles lack. Both front and rear seats are power-operated. A DVD-based entertainment center is provided for rear seat passengers. In front, driver and front passengers share a navigation screen and over-head console, providing key road and vehicle information.

Performance

Portico is powered by Hyundai's new, high-tech Lambda V6 engine. It's a 24-valve, DOHC V6 with aluminum heads and cylinder block, mated to a six-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission soon to be offered in Hyundai's production vehicles. The Portico is also designed to accept Hyundai's hybrid drive system. This configuration features two electric motors; one driving the front wheels and a second driving the rear wheels, providing efficient AWD (all-wheel-drive) capability. Front power is supplied by a 110 kW (136 horsepower) electric motor; a 60 kW (83 horsepower) motor powers the rear wheels.

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