Among the main features is the extensive use of advanced materials developed by Bayer MaterialScience AG.
These include self-healing water based bodywork finishes, the new “BayVision” glazing system and Collimator headlight lenses made from Makrolon®, the same material used for the glazing surfaces, enabling the car to have extended transparent areas while reducing the total weight..
The interior features six single seats and gives the impression of a lounge compartment, representing the concept of a social space, where all occupants can travel in comfort, surrounded by sophisticated technology.
This concept is enhanced by the ‘Swivel Seating’ concept, developed by Keiper.
Thanks to the power-operated kinematic system, the first row passenger seat rotates to face second and third row occupants. When the seat is turned, the backrest converts into a comfortable seat surface.
The integrated seatbelt system – another technically advanced debut – and the adjustable headrest maximize passive safety for passengers in either sitting position. The second row bench slides rearwards to increase comfort and create a social area.
The seats are upholstered with "Cognac" leather cushions feature a modern design with a lacquered seat structure that contribute to the "lounge" atmosphere.
The multimedia system developed by LG Electronics offers passengers access to the web, video games, movies or video calling, through the pop-down touch-screen displays and webcams, located within the overhead console.
A wireless network enables a selection of cable-free keyboards, game controllers and headphones to further personalise the entertainment experience.
R Diesel with Two-Stage Turbocharging
i-mode is powered by a new 2.2-litre R diesel engine which first passes the intake air through a low-pressure turbocharger from where it is forced into a high-pressure turbocharger for maximum boost: 158kw (215ps) and 47kg.m of peak torque (461 Nm).
The R Engine has a power density in excess of 70kw per litre and a low-end torque of 30kg.m, much greater than the the 19kg.m of low-end torque delivered by the standard R Engine.
Mass production of the R Engine is scheduled to begin with the standard (single turbocharged) version in 2009 with the dual-stage turbocharged edition arriving in the first half of 2011.