Cars of the future
Hyundai concept car provide a look of what’s to come.
Hyundai has unveiled its latest electric vehicle concept car, the Prophecy. While not set for mass production, the concept vehicle offers many clues to how the future of Hyundai’s fleet may look.
Here are some of Hyundai’s most popular concept cars, many of which have informed the design of subsequent production models.
2020 – Prophecy
First revealed in March, the Prophecy features smooth curves and flowing lines, with little to no sharp angles or hard edges. The design was created to give the illusion of one streamline curve sweeping from the front to rear of the vehicle. The neo-classical shape is a homage to 1920s and ’30s-era luxury cars. From a futuristic standpoint, the vehicle features pixelated lighting, improved aerodynamics, intuitive driver interface, zero-emissions powertrain and air filtration systems to protect the environment.
2019 - Vision T
Revolving around the concept of dynamism, the Vision T offered a new look at Hyundai’s outlook for urban adventurer SUV design. Guided by Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness, the Vision T’s side profile was designed to convey a sense of speed and forward motion. In contrast to standard compact SUV designs, the Vision T incorporated geometric angles and sharp edges to create contrasting sleek and masculine lines.
2019 – 45
The 45 was a tribute to Hyundai’s heritage reimagined for the future and foreshadowed the brand’s new era of design which focused on autonomous technologies, intelligent design and electrification. Modelled after an updated interpretation of 1974s iconic Hyundai Pony concept, the car formed a diamond-shaped silhouette which highlighted the design direction of future EV models.
2018 – Le Fil Rouge
The Le Fil Rouge reflected Hyundai’s belief that the brand’s past, present and future designs were and are all connected. The vehicle featured a fastback body type which designers achieved through a long wheelbase, large wheels and short overhangs. The Le Fil Rouge was a new beginning at the time for the brand’s design with elements carried over to the eighth-gen Sonata and seventh-gen Elantra.
2017 – FE Fuel Cell
The FE Fuel Cell concept was a step forward for hydrogen-powered vehicles when it debuted in 2017. Featuring a flowing form, the concept’s only emissions were water. Drawing on minimalist design cues, the FE Fuel Cell’s design was passed on to the Hyundai Nexo model SUV.
2016 – RN30
Based on the i30, the RN30 was developed in collaboration with Hyundai Motorsport, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre and Hyundai Motor’s Performance Development and High-Performance Vehicle Division. The end result was a concept praised for aerodynamic design and high-performance technologies. The RN30 served as an inspiration to design elements inherited in both the i30 N and the i30 N TCR.
2014 – Intrado
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the concept offered a vision of how cars would meet future mobility needs. Named after the underside of an aircraft’s wing, the Intrado’s distinctive shape offered aerodynamic efficiency and its advanced vehicle technology showed a glimpse into how vehicles could engage more effectively with occupants. The intrado’s design influenced the Hyundai Kona, the brand’s first subcompact SUV.
2012 – I-oniq
Designed and developed at Hyundai’s European R&D Centre, the I-oniq was an electric sport hatchback concept and was the first car to feature Hyundai’s signature Cascading Grille. The I-oniq concept was the forefather to the Hyundai IONIQ, which launched four years later as the world’s first car with three electrified powertrains.