The steering wheel's opaque surface houses its own monitor for additional optical duties. A Reflective Heads-Up Display, sourced from auto supplier giant Continental, shows the navigation, vehicle diagnostics, downloaded apps, and feeds from the videophone and outboard cameras, which replace the Curb's side mirrors.

There's a host of saffron-colored accents inside, and the seats were kept extremely thin for packaging purposes. The rear seat slides back and forth, then folds flat when needed. The rear headrests are fixed to the headliner and can be stowed if necessary.

Turning the attention back to the young driver, a version of Hyundai's new Gamma 1.6-liter inline-four provides the Curb's motivation. The basic engine layout is shared with the Veloster, but the biggest Curb difference is forced induction, which should appeal to enthusiasts. The turbocharged four-banger outputs 175 horsepower and 169 lb-ft of torque. We wouldn't be surprised to find this engine make its way into the Veloster at some point.

The Curb also gets Hyundai's Idle Stop and Go, a technology slowly making its way into the U.S.-market vehicles. The Direct Shift Gearbox, a showy name for a twin-clutch automatic transmission, dispenses the Gamma's power to the tarmac.

Whether the Curb finds its way into production is anybody's guess. But the amount of technology that's being assimilated into cars nowadays is a given, whether we want it or not. Hopefully, Generation Y-ers remember to keep their eyes on the road.


Hyundai Curb Concept
Base price N/A
Vehicle layout Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 3-door SUV
Engine 1.6L/175-hp/169-lb-ft turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I-4
Transmission 6-speed twin-clutch automatic
Curb weight (f/r dist) 2800 lb (mfr)
Wheelbase 103.9 in
Length x width x height 164.2 x 70.9 x 63.0 in
0-60 mph N/A
EPA city/hwy fuel econ Over 30/40 mpg (est)
CO2 emissions 0.57 lb/mile (est)
On sale in the U.S. N/A