With General Motors last year announcing its intention to roll out Chevrolet across Korea, this year's Seoul Motor Show has seen the unveiling of a slick hybrid roadster concept developed by the GM Advanced Design Studio in Seoul to celebrate Chevrolet's 100-year heritage and showcase future design possibilities for the brand. The Mi-ray, which is apparently Korean for 'future', is a small open top vehicle that boasts an aerodynamic body that GM says is reminiscent of modern jet fighters.
Additional airflow control is also provided by retractable flaps that also provide access to the vehicle's charge port on one side and the fuel filler on the other. In a nice touch, the charge port also features an external battery charge indicator. There's also cargo space for storing small items in the rear fenders, while the aluminum-carbon fiber composite 20-inch wheels in the front and 21-inch wheels in the rear are designed to evoke a sense of movement even when the car is stationary.
The information panel uses back projection and prioritizes information for the driver into three zones. Front and center is vehicle performance, with navigation and mileage figures flanked on either side. The jet aircraft-inspired touches continue with a centrally located start button that triggers the column-mounted retractable meter cluster to rise "like a fighter jet canopy" when pressed.
Replacing the traditional rearview mirrors are retractable cameras that electrically extend from the side glass, while the forward-facing camera works with the GPS to overlay navigation information on real-time video.
To achieve a reduction in the size of the vehicle's powertrain by eliminating the torque converter the Mi-ray sports a dual-clutch transmission (DCT) that has been tuned for improved top speed in performance mode and works in conjunction with a start-stop system. GM says the Mi-ray gets 60 mpg (unadjusted) for city driving and 63 mpg (unadjusted) on the highway.
GM unveiled Mi-ray last week at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show, which runs until April 10, at the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX).
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