Hyundai chose Moscow Motor Show to reveal their new concept sedan called the RB which is a special model for the Russian market.. The car features the same ‘fluidic sculpture’ design philosophy they’ve started to use with the new Sonata, but it’s much smaller and belongs to the economy class. The car has a special character which is recognizable as a Hyundai, with that large hexagonal front grill, headlamps and “L”-shaped fog lamps. The RB will be produced with more or less the same characteristics.
At launch the produciton version of the Hyundai RB will get the 1.6L or 1.4L DOHC in-line four cylinder gasoline engine that features multiport fuel injection with CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing). By replacing the old Alpha engine with Gamma, the sedan promises more power and torque, as well as best-in-class fuel economy, in keeping with Hyundais pledge to be the industrys eco-leader.
The estimated power and torque of 1.6 Gamma are respectively 124ps and 156 N.m while those of 1.4 Gamma are 107ps and 135 N.m. The powerful and fuel-efficient Gamma engine will be mated to a four-speed automatic transmission or a standard five-speed manual transaxle.
The car is supposed to hit the market in Spring 2011.